Tree planting completes phase one at Steyning Community Orchard

The four new trees for Steyning Community Orchard were donated by Val Whittaker, Vivien Coates, Simon Zec, and Felicity and Charles Prescott
The four new trees for Steyning Community Orchard were donated by Val Whittaker, Vivien Coates, Simon Zec, and Felicity and Charles Prescott

STEYNING Community Orchard volunteers continue to focus on the main site in the Memorial Playing Field.

Four more trees were planted there on Saturday, all donated by Steyning residents.

The tree planting session saw the total number of new trees brought up to 15.

Two of the additions were plums – an Opal planted by Val Whittaker in memory of her daughter Victoria Jackson and a Purple Pershore planted by Vivien Coates in memory of her husband John Aylmer Coates.

A Meeches quince was donated by Felicity and Charles Prescott and a pear, Doyenne du Comice, was planted by community orchard stalwart Simon Zec, in memory of his mum Sandy Zec.

Bob Platt, a Steyning Community Orchard steering group member, said: “A team of hard-working volunteers turned out in spite of a very chilly wind to assist with the planting, digging holes and driving in posts to support protective wire fences around the trees.

“This follows on from the three trees planted in February and brings the total number of new trees in the orchard to 15, the number agreed with Steyning Parish Council when the orchard was first proposed and so marks the end of the first phase of the Steyning Community Orchard plan.

“There will, of course, be a continuing programme of maintenance on the newly-planted trees and the old, original trees as well as the new ones.

“We will hold another Apple Day Celebration in October and have other plans for developing fruit trees in the town, including the Primrose Court Orchard.”

Steyning Community Orchard launched a new website last month (steyningcommunityorchard.org), where residents can keep in touch with plans and activities, find out about the trees and how to can take part.

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