Community orchard to be planted at Vallance Cottage

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PAM JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz

Alexandra’s Vallance Cottage will be surrounded by a community orchard on a newly named reserve as part of moves to lift its profile and find a future use for the cottage.

The Vincent Community Board this week voted to name the recreation reserve on which the cottage sits The Vallance Cottage Reserve, and to plant a community orchard around the cottage, in Samson St, on part of the Alexandra Town Belt.

It was hoped the move would help attract further interest in the cottage, with the “ultimate aim” to find a use for the cottage to help provide a “sustainable future” for it, a report from Central Otago District Council Vincent and Teviot Valley property and facilities officer Christina Martin said.

Vallance Cottage was built about 1896 and given to the community by the Vallance family in the mid 1990s. The cottage is now looked after by the Vallance Cottage Working Group, comprising volunteers, Vallance family members and representatives of the council and Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.

The VCB has approved funding of up to $5000 for survey costs and gazette publication, and agreed to council funds from existing budgets being used to help establish the orchard.

Another $1600 needed for signs and a donation box will need to come from external funders, and the working group will need to pay for the trees.