An heirloom fruit orchard at Sandy Springs’ Lost Corner Preserve began to take shape on Jan. 16 with Eagle Scouts candidates Will Riley Gibson and Tyler Morgan on hand for the project.

The Scouts, who grew up in Sandy Springs, will clear and prepare the land, install a border fence, and plant 14 heirloom fruit trees.

Groundbreaking for an heirloom fruit orchard at Lost Corner Preserve was held on Jan. 16, attended by, fromt left, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; Eagle Scout candidate Will Riley Gibson; Trisha Thompson Fox of Friends of Lost Corner; Eagle Scout candidate Tyler Morgan and his father Doug, a member of the Sandy Springs Conservancy; and Jack Misiura, the Conservancy’s board chair. (Special)

The Sandy Springs Conservancy and Friends of Lost Corner, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing stewardship to the 24-acre park, provided funding.

Lost Corner Nature Preserve is a century-old family farm donated to the City by Margaret “Peggy” Miles. The original family cottage from 1915 remains on site. The park has woodland walking trails and a community garden. Nature courses and master-gardening classes are held at the park.

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Rough Draft Atlanta and Reporter Newspapers.