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Greening Westbourne November Update

By November 23, 2016 No Comments

Orchard growing to twice the size

Your new community orchard, on the Hampshire Farm Meadows open space, will soon double in size.

Eight more apple trees, sponsored by local people, will be planted at the site, next to the Redlands Grange housing development, at 11am on Saturday 3 December. Come along and help us celebrate the success of the project.

The orchard already has 16 trees. Another eight will be planted in February, bringing the total to 32.

A dozen residents from Westbourne and Emsworth have sponsored trees to be planted on the site.

You can sponsor a tree in memory of a family member, or to mark a special occasion, and you can also buy a dedication plate. Just click here.

A tree would also make a great Christmas gift, helping the environment and lasting for years and years.

Our goal is to have around 60 fruit trees on the site, with benches nearby and eventually a regular harvest of apples, pears, plums and apricots.

The idea of the orchard is to help preserve traditional fruit varieties and help local people, especially children, get a bit closer to the earth. Growing food locally reminds us that it doesn’t always have to be flown thousands of miles across the world.

A group of volunteers recruited by Greening Westbourne have been working to get the orchard established. Along with local people, Westbourne’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been helping to plant trees. Local tree surgeon Mike Reed has also lent his expertise.

We’re also very grateful for the help of Havant Borough Council and the Tree Council, who are major supporters of the project. The 3 December planting session will be during National Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council.

It costs £50 to sponsor or adopt a tree, and dedication plates are £30. All money will go into orchard funds, used to buy new trees and maintain the area.

Our next meeting is 5 Dec, 7.30pm at the White Horse. Or contact us on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk