A Community Micro Orchard for Instow.

Located on the Tarka trail, on the the opposite side of the road from the railway signal box, at the southern end of the village, it’s a very lovely spot to sit and contemplate all the year round.


The project was born of a partnership between North Devon Biosphere Service, Instow in Bloom and local volunteers.

The name of the orchard derives from land leased by George Buck a leading Bideford tobacco merchant who died in 1743 – ( see “Instow a History”).

A mixture of fruit and nut trees have been planted. Varieties include the local cherry – Mazzard, Oaken Pin apple which was once common on Exmoor and the Exe valley, Tidicombe seedling from Arlington,

Cornish Gilliflower and Ashmeads Kernal.

The stone building with one chimney stack at the south end of the orchard is the Platelayers’ shed and as its name implies was constructed for the railway and probably predates the signal box.

Please visit the orchard and perhaps sit awhile on one of the two seats provided. However the Village People take no responsibility for your safety.