IMG_6141Local people across Landport and Buckland came together to celebrate the opening of a community orchard in the heart of the city on 3 July.

An orchard with apple trees surrounded by a wild meadow, picnic benches and raised flower beds has been created by local volunteers to enhance local life for residents in and around the Cornwallis Crescent area of the city. The project has come about with the support of Heartlands Community Voice, a local community group and the City Council’s Residents’ Development Team.

Local ward councillors attended the family fun day that marked the opening of the community garden organised by fellow local residents. A barbeque was organised with children treated to free activities including face-painting, a disco, necklace-making and bag-decoration.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, who was invited to open the orchard, said:

“I am delighted to open the new community orchard in the heart of Portsmouth. Thanks to volunteers the unused and neglected piece of land is helping to address the shortfall in allotments, promote community production of fruit and allowing us to rediscover the pleasure of growing fruit close to home. I’m looking forward to trying some of the first produce grown!”

Community orchards such as this also help to green the urban environment and create habitats for wildlife and increasing the city’s biodiversity.

Cllr Morgan added:

“Most importantly of all projects like these bring residents together to do something fun and make life better in our community. I’ll be working with other residents to encourage more things like this in the future. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this wonderful project which will greatly add to the quality of the local environment.”

Residents are encouraged to get involved in the project. Anyone interested in volunteering can obtain further information on Facebook by searching ‘Cornwallis Crescent Community Orchard’ . Local businesses are encouraged to help sustain the project by helping with funding for further equipment.

For more information about the project contact:
Cllr Stephen Morgan
Deputy Leader of the Labour Group | Charles Dickens ward councillor | 073 9800 6935