Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) are a group of volunteers who look after a lovely orchard on an allotment site that borders the Bishopston / Golden Hill / Horfield areas of Bristol. The orchard is a haven for fruit growing, pollinators, wildlife, and people.
We love learning about growing fruit, wellbeing, and community – if you do too why not JOIN US HERE!
What We Do
- Look after our orchard using organic and nature-friendly methods
- Hands-on learning about fruit growing for members and the wider community
- Encourage fruit growing as a way to grow community and wellbeing
- Members share the harvest, as well as the responsibilities of looking after the orchard and the group
- Set up projects and organise public events
- Work with groups with shared aims
Who We Are
HOCO is a not-for-profit member-managed community group. The group has a Constitution [links page] and a Committee. The basic running costs of the orchard are paid for by yearly membership fees, donations, and by money raised at our events.
How to get involved
Friends of HOCO support the orchard financially with their membership subscriptions. Friends often help out at events and volunteer sessions.
Harvest-share members are active volunteers who look after the orchard and the group. As well as a ‘divi’ of fresh, organic fruit, active members benefit from:
- Hands-on learning
- Mood-lifting outdoor activity
- Green exercise in a beautiful space
- Nourishing Bristol’s local food networks and communities
- Doing good work in a friendly group
Membership is open to individuals, households and organisations.
Join us and support us here
Find the Orchard
A hidden gem, the orchard is part of a Horfield & District Allotment Association site. The nearest postcode is BS7 8JP. To find the orchard walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right. OR take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue until you come to the last gate on the left. The gate is only open for our public events. SEE MAP HERE
How we began
HOCO started in 1998 when a small group of hardworking volunteers took on some very overgrown plots on the edge of a Horfield and District Allotment Association site in north Bristol. They cleared the ground, composted like crazy, and over the years planted more than 80 different fruiting trees, bushes and vines.
Originally set up as a project of Avon Organic Group, in spring 2011 a member-led group was set up to manage the orchard as an independent community food project.
The orchard was planned to show that local grown fruit can be eaten and enjoyed all year round. Summer brings soft fruit, plums, and figs. Early apples and pears ripen in July. Later varieties are harvested until November. With good storage, these fruits mature and keep through the winter – lasting until spring rhubarb returns.
View pictures of our beautiful orchard in the Gallery