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People in Emsworth and Westbourne are being invited to adopt a tree at their new community orchard.

To apply, download the application form below.

We've reached our goal of 66 fruit trees on the site, but there are still some trees that have not been adopted.

The orchard is on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development. We're looking forward to having benches nearby and eventually a regular harvest of apples, pears, plum and apricots.

Richard Hitchcock, of Greening Westbourne, said: "The orchard is looking great, with the first apples not far off.

"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 adopt a tree. All money will go into orchard funds, used to maintain the area.

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

Word document: tree application form