Tracey Jones is the community gardener at the Stacey Centre and is looking for volunteers for the orchard
The Stacey Community Centre in Walsall Road, Copnor is a busy community centre with lots going on.
It is managed by Theresa Newton and owned by Portsmouth City Council and provides lots of activities for the residents of Portsmouth.
It has a very special community orchard with a variety of fruit trees including apple, pear, cherry, and plum trees.
It also has white, red, and blackcurrant fruit bushes, lots of herbs including rosemary, thyme, sage, mint and lemon balm and wildflowers to help attract bees.
It is an organic orchard so we don’t use any pesticides, weedkillers or artificial fertilisers.
We make our own natural fertiliser with comfrey and nettle plants.
We have just harvested some delicious plums and are looking forward to the apples which will be ready in September/October!
People can visit and get advice on how to grow fruit and vegetables or just come and relax and enjoy the peaceful environment.
We have a volunteer group which meets on a Wednesday morning 10am til 1pm.
We would love to have more volunteers to help look after the orchard, and this can include weeding, watering, pruning and general maintenance.
No experience is necessary and all tools, gloves and tea provided!
We are having a workshop on Wednesday, September 9 from 10.30am-12.30pm on how to prune fruit trees.
This workshop is to learn how to prune plum and cherry trees after fruiting and how to prune trained fruit trees.
During this year we have had school groups visit and take part in activities such as seed sowing, mini beast hunts and fruit and vegetable identification.
If any school would like to visit and bring school groups then please contact the centre and ask to speak to me.
All activities are provided free of charge.
And remember, the Community Cycle project meets here every Saturday from 10am.
This recycling project takes unwanted bicycles and refurbishes them for re-use in the community.
The men shed project also meets here and their email address is info.portsmouthmensshed.org.uk.
The Stacey centre is situated on Walsall Road, which is off Lichfield Road in Copnor, PO3 6DN.
For any more information about any of the above please either drop into the centre or call 023 9261 7890.