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Our next Parish Council meeting will be on 3rd February 2021 at 7:00 PM in Virtual Parish Council Meeting

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MP Selaine Saxby

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Millennium Green

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Parish Council Chairman, Richard Halliday, lays a wreath at the village war memorial at the Act of Remembrance on 8th November 2020. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 8th November 2020.
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In Brief

Find the Landkey Village Open Forum on:
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Next Event

Our next village event will be Parish Council Meeting on 3rd February 2021 at 7:00 PM in Virtual Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council

Read the Parish Council Minutes of 2nd December 2020

Our next Parish Council meeting will be on 3rd February 2021 at 7:00 PM in Virtual Parish Council Meeting

Community Information

MP Selaine Saxby

Mobile library timetable

Millennium Green

Latest News

LUC grants

Landkey organisations or individuals might be eligible for a grant through Landkey United Charities.

Shop / Post Office

Opening Times

Newsletter

Read the latest
Landkey Newsletter
here

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Parish Council Chairman, Richard Halliday, lays a wreath at the village war memorial at the Act of Remembrance on 8th November 2020. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 8th November 2020.
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Landkey Millennium Green

Mazzards

A portion of the £35000 awarded to Landkey by the Millennium Commission in 1999 (see History page) was set aside for the planting of a mazzard orchard. The mazzard is a type of cherry which is indigenous to Landkey and which grew in profusion in orchards around the village in the 19th century.

At the time of the First World War, over 100 acres of orchards were recorded in Landkey, most of which were of mazzards. As the 20th century progressed, mazzards gradually fell out of fashion due to the substantial amount of labour required to protect the fruit from being stolen by birds and then to harvest the crop. The trend after 1918 was for populations to move away from rural areas to work in better-paid jobs in towns, making labour for orchards more expensive than it had been. By the 1990s, barely three acres of mazzards remain in Landkey.

To address this decline, a Landkey Orchards Committee had been set up in the early 1990s and had earmarked sites around the village where mazzard orchards might be reintroduced. When funding was later secured from the Millennium Commission, it was a logical step to propose the establishment of a mazzard orchard on the Millennium Green.

A batch of 65 mazzard saplings was sourced from Greenhayes Nursery at Cullompton and was planted in 1999 on a 2-acre section of the Green. Each of the five varieties which were planted, being Dun, Hannaford, Green Stem Black, Small Black and Bottler, are marked by plaques mounted on stones which border the path which passes through the orchard.

Images about mazzards (click to enlarge)

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Mazzard trees in blossom on the Millennium Green, April 2011.
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Mazzard fruit, July 2010.
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Mazzard variety "Dun"
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Mazzard variety "Hannaford"
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Mazzard variety "Green Stem Black"
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Mazzard variety "Small Black"
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Mazzard variety "Bottler"
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An image from the early 20th century showing "Harry Harris" prpearing to shoot mazzard-stealing birds.Landkey archive
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An image of the Beer Family harvesting mazzards in 1937Landkey archive