Apple Picking in Weston!
Did you know there is an apple orchard on Weston Conservation Land? This fall, residents can enjoy picking their own apples (for free!) thanks to some tender loving care over the past few years by several dedicated volunteers.
The orchard is located on the northern portion of Concord Road across from one of the Conservation Land Fields that Land’s Sake farms. The land was at, one point, part of the Campion Center’s campus. Apple trees were planted and maintained by the priests when the Campion Center was a Jesuit seminary. In the 1980s, Brian Donahue and Faith Rand removed the old declining trees and replanted new ones. In 2009, as part of his Eagle Scout project, Will Jacobs planted additional apple and peach trees. However, over the past decade, the trees have suffered from overgrowth, grazing deer, and bark damage from small mammals. In addition, the trees were being defoliated each spring by invasive and highly destructive winter moth caterpillars.