Pruners make the most of Oaklands Park sunshine

Richard Wooden takes a pruning workshop with volunteers in the background CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Richard Wooden takes a pruning workshop with volunteers in the background CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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A COMMUNITY orchard was the venue for a summer picnic at the weekend.

More than 20 volunteers came to Oaklands Park Community Orchard on Saturday to make the most of the summer sun.

The morning started with a pruning demonstration and workshop by professional Hampshire-based gardener Richard Wooden.

The 30-tree orchard was planted in November, 2011, and has two plum trees, a Santa Rosa and a Victorian plum tree.

Earlier in the year the latter was badly damaged by vandals, but now seems to be making a successful recovery.

After the horticulture workshop Transition Chichester volunteers enjoyed the picnic and a treasure hunt for the children.

The event was run by Transition Chichester, a not-for-profit community group running numerous projects to encourage greener lifestyles in the Chichester area.

The orchard was funded by the district council and Rotary clubs and is maintained by a group of volunteers.

There are also plans for a community garden to be built alongside the orchard in Oaklands Park.