Planting an orchard for the future

Organiser Jane Reeve, her daughter Sophie and Siddlesham villagers plant their new fruit orchard at the recreation ground.'''Photo by Louise Adams C121761-1 Chi Family Orchard
Organiser Jane Reeve, her daughter Sophie and Siddlesham villagers plant their new fruit orchard at the recreation ground.'''Photo by Louise Adams C121761-1 Chi Family Orchard

THE cultivation of family trees in a Chichester village will hopefully leave a lasting legacy.

A community orchard has been created in Sidlesham, with each of the individual trees being cultivated by a different family from the village.

“I had the idea we could put in a community orchard,” said Jane Reeve, one of the people behind the scheme.

“Hopefully it will still be here for generations to come.”

The orchard contains a range of fruit trees including cooking apples, pears, damson and plum.

On Saturday, December 15, villagers arrived at their recreational ground to plant the trees.

Jane said she hoped in years to come the village could collect the fruits from the trees and use them for a range of community cooking projects.

Each family is responsible for their tree, and must take care of watering and upkeep.

Jane added different types were chosen to fruit at different times, ensuring a continual supply.

She stressed the importance of preserving the UK’s wildlife habitat, and said she hoped the orchard would help conserve the local environment.