Green-fingered community activists are being encouraged to come together to help create a new community orchard in Worthing.
Growing Communities, a project run by The Conservation Volunteers and backed by Adur & Worthing Councils and the National Lottery, aims to encourage people to get involved in their community through green spaces. After running a successful programme of summer activities, they are now looking to get people inspired and create ideas for a new apple orchard in Longcroft Park. Development of the orchard will commence in February 2019.
In a bid to get ideas, the Growing Communities team will be taking residents across to the Apple Day on Sunday 23rdSeptember at Stanmer Park, Brighton. It is hoped that this will provide an opportunity to bring people together and share ideas to kick-start planning for the development of the Worthing orchard. Entry is free, and will include a range of apple-related activities and workshops.
If you can’t make the event, there are also other opportunities to have your say. Growing Communities will be consulting with the local community on which Sussex apple tree varieties to plant. There are also other local community orchards in Sussex and Arun which they plan to arrange visits to. Long-term, the aim is to develop a Friends of Longcroft Park group, which will look after the new orchard as well as other projects in the park wanted by the community.
Growing Communities is hiring a 16 seat minibus for those interesting in attending the Apple Day. Priority will be given to those with restricted mobility or who would be unable to make their own way and then on a on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
If you’d like to take part, email email@example.com and specify if you need a space on the minibus. Details of pick up time and location will be available to those who book a space on the minibus, and Growing Communities will arrange an initial meet point for those making their own way.