Trees to be planted at Clanfield orchard

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THE first fruit trees are set to be planted in a community orchard.

Green-fingered residents in Clanfield have rallied round to create their own orchard and encourage home-grown food.

The aim of the project, led by Greening Clanfield, is to share knowledge and teach the skills of tree planting, pruning and care and to enable people to become more confident about growing fruit and nuts in their own gardens.

At 10.30am on Sunday, the first trees will be planted in South Lane Meadow.

The orchard will also receive a blessing from the Reverend Canon Gill Hill of St James Church, which is sponsoring a tree along with several businesses.

A series of events is being organised to involve people, including planting days, pruning days, and harvesting days.

Greening Clanfield is a group aiming to reduce the village’s carbon footprint.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a tree or taking on the maintenance of a tree can contact either Peter Rodgers on (02392) 647 572 or Christine Seaward on (02392) 594 900.