Orchard sponsor scheme launched – application form below

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People in Emsworth and Westbourne are being invited to remember a loved one, or mark a special event, by sponsoring a tree at their new community orchard.

To apply, download the application form below.

Local people are being invited to adopt one of the trees, or buy more. You can remember a family member or mark a special occasion with a dedication plate. You can also buy someone a tree as a gift.

Our goal is to have up to 60 fruit trees on the site, with benches nearby and eventually a regular harvest of apples, pears, plum and apricots.

The orchard is on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development.

Richard Hitchcock, of Greening Westbourne, said: "The orchard is under way, with the first apples starting to grow, and we now have a scheme set up for people to adopt an existing tree or sponsor a new one.

"We're sure local residents, or anyone with a local connection, will want to sponsor trees in memory of loved ones, as gifts, or just to help us fund the orchard.

"Our idea is to help preserve traditional fruit varieties and help local people, especially children, get a bit closer to the earth. Growing food locally reminds us that it doesn't always have to be flown thousands of miles across the world." 

A group of volunteers recruited by Greening Westbourne have been working to get the orchard established. Along with local people, Westbourne's Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been helping to plant trees. Local tree surgeon Mike Reed has also being lending his expertise, and Havant Borough Council and the Tree Council have supported the project.

It costs £50 to sponsor or adopt a tree, and dedication plates are £30. All money will go into orchard funds, used to buy new trees and maintain the area.

Download and save the form here. Sorry, but we can only accept printed hard copies at the moment.

Word document: Sponsor or adopt a tree application form.docx

PDF document: Sponsor or adopt a tree application form.pdf