Free cider tasting event to launch community orchar
A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is to be launched with a free cider tasting event on Sunday 29 March.
The event is at 7pm at the White Horse in Westbourne's village square.
Free cheese and sausages will be available, along with more information about the project. Local people who can offer their time or skills will be able to join a steering group to get it under way.
The community orchard, planned for new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, is designed to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth.
Organisers Greening Westbourne, a local climate change action group, are hoping it will be a joint project with volunteers from both communities.
The plan is to get trees sponsored by local people – maybe in remembrance of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth.
Anyone interested in the project can also come to Greening Westbourne's next meeting, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 March at the Meeting Place in North Street, Westbourne.
Or they can attend a drop-in event at Westbourne Parish Hall about the public open space, between 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturday 14 March.
Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We've been working on this with Havant Borough Council and the site developers Bloor Homes and Bellway Homes, and it's great that we've got the go-ahead. Now we have the challenge of making it happen.
"We need local people to form a 'core team' – a support group to run the project. We'd love to hear from anyone who is a good organiser, or who can keep on top of a bit of admin, or who has experience of fundraising. Maybe they know something about planting trees, or making cider, or have good web skills.
"It would be great if they could come to one of these events and pledge their support."
To contact the campaign, residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information they can search Greening Westbourne online.