New life amidst the storms in Brighthelm garden

Photo:Planting the trees during inclement weather

Planting the trees during inclement weather

Photo:The trees were planted in a cordon

The trees were planted in a cordon

Four new fruit trees planted

By Geoff Barnard

In a lull between the downpours, a ceremony was held during February 2014 to celebrate the planting of four fruit trees which will bring new life to the Brighthelm garden.  (Brighthelm is at the top of North Road.) Two pear and two apple trees will offer a ray of sunshine in what’s been a tempestuous winter, with the promise of blossom and fruit to come.

Planted by the Brighthelm Community Garden Group

The trees were planted by the Brighthelm Community Garden Group, which was set up in spring 2013 to reclaim and rejuvenate the garden.  Starting out with a couple of rather forlorn and overgrown flowerbeds, the group of local volunteers created a bountiful vegetable plot in 2013 and planted raspberries and strawberries in a raised bed next to a recycling bin.  There are big plans for the rest of 2014.  Besides the mini-orchard, the group will be creating a wild flower bed, a wildlife hedge, and a new garden learning space in the Brighthelm Pre-Schools playground.

Traditional varieties were chosen

The new trees were carefully selected with advice from Brighton Permaculture Trust.  The apple trees are both traditional Sussex varieties - Saltcote Pippin and Tinsley Quince.  The pears are two English favourites – Concorde and Onward.  They have been planted in a cordon, which means they will be trained to grow on a diagonal, and will be carefully pruned to maximise productivity.

Financial support

The tree planting was made possible with financial support from the St Peter’s and North Laine Community First initiative, which provided a grant of £800 to cover Community Garden activities in 2014, plus contributions from the Brighthelm congregation and a ‘shake-a-welly-boot’ fundraising drive last autumn.

Join the group

Brighthelm Community Garden Group is always looking for new volunteers to come and help in the garden, and meets regularly at 10.30am on Thursdays.  Everyone is welcome.

More information

For more information telephone 07510 31439.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 227, March/April 2014]

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