Local organizations are bringing a fruit orchard to an unused plot in Macon

And this plot is located on Hydrolia Street at the end of Taylor Avenue in the Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village. Macon-Bibb County’s Parks & Beautification Department – in partnership with the Arbor Conservation Board, the Urban Development Authority, and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful – are working hard to spruce up Macon neighborhoods.

“This is a great way to take existing greenspace and create something that will really benefit the people living in this neighborhood, especially as our partners continue their revitalization efforts in the area,” says Parks & Beautification Department Director Mike Glisson.

Glisson says Mayor Reichert asked the Arbor Conservation Board to revitalize parts of Macon with more greenery.

The organizers say they’re excited to bring the multipurpose orchard to the area.

In addition to adding greenery to the area, it will also provide fresh food for the community.

Alex Morrison Executive Director of the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority says the project is part of an overall priority to grow the access of trees in Macon and revitalize downtown neighborhoods.

“Part of that is having better access to shade, quality green space, and fresh local food. This provides equity in the community and better attachment in the future,” stated Morrison.

The orchard will also feature pecans, pears, figs, blueberries, and persimmons.

Additionally, low maintenance wildflowers will be planted to beautify the area.

Though the trees are being planted now, it will be a few years before they produce fruit.

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