New community orchard at Big Park

We will be starting work planting a 100-apple tree community orchard at Peacehaven later this month.

Last winter, we planted a shelter belt containing over 2000 trees and shrubs of 33 species.

These included fast-growing species such as Italian alder and Monterey pine; native trees like oak and beech; nut-bearing species such as walnut and chestnut; and fruiting species like cherry plum and crab apple.

Click here to watch an interview with Bryn at the time of planting last winter.

This winter, we will be planting 60 apple trees, focusing on tougher varieties, since the site is quite exposed.

Over the next few years, the orchard will be completed with one or two examples of each of the Sussex apple varieties.

If you want to get involved, you can sign up to our volunteer list to receive information on planting days.