BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY ORCHARD
A patchwork of community orchards is being woven across the City of Brunswick in the form of citrus groves. Planted in high pedestrian traffic areas across the City, when mature, the resulting citrus fruit will be free for passersby to pick and enjoy. In 2018 the original grove was planted near the Howard Coffin Park walking track. The second grove was installed in 2019 at Ringel Park off of Gloucester Street downtown.
The Howard Coffin grove was funded by a Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation Community Orchards Grant secured by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB). Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and UPS, Community Orchards Grants are awarded to projects throughout Georgia that reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic planting of trees in public spaces, increase tree canopy and provide a source of free local produce. The Ringel Park grove is funded by a BB&T bank via their Lighthouse giving program.
A true community partnership, KGIB coordinates the effort and secures funding, Coastal Greenery plants the trees, Golden Isles Fund for Trees (GIFT) presents the planting day educational program and and tree signage, and the City of Brunswick is providing the land and ongoing tree maintenance. Future orchard expansion is funding dependent.