Volunteers needed to maintain garden

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A COMMUNITY orchard, which was created as part of a city-wide scheme to promote healthy living, is appealing for volunteers to maintain the garden.

The green space outside the Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor, benefited from a £43,000 revamp, as part of Portsmouth City Council and NHS Portsmouth’s Healthy Pompey campaign.

The garden, which had not been looked after for several years, now boasts fruit trees, vegetable plots and outdoor seating.

People have been visiting the community garden to get tips on growing fruit and vegetables and healthy eating.

Tracey Jones, community gardener, said: ‘There was a lot of work that went into the orchard and now it looks fantastic.

‘We’ve had lots of people attend sessions to learn about fruit and vegetables and they have taken something away.

‘But we need to make sure we have a team to maintain the garden.’

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the centre on (023) 9261 7890.