Closer to nature
Local residents in Emsworth and Westbourne are being invited to remember a loved one, or mark a special event, by sponsoring a tree at the new community orchard – and applications are now open.
The orchard, at Hampshire Farm Meadows, has been set up by local environmental group Greening Westbourne, on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development.
Since November, the group has planted 16 apple trees on the site, on the border of the two communities. Now local people are being invited to adopt one of the trees, or buy more. They can remember a family member or mark a special occasion with a dedication plate.
The goal is to have up to 60 fruit trees on the site, with benches nearby and eventually a regular harvest of apples, pears, plum and apricots.
Richard Hitchcock, of Greening Westbourne, said: “Our idea 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.”
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.
To apply, search Greening Westbourne online and go to the ‘news’ section of the site.