Orchard planted with specially-selected trees

Susie Acton plants her tree with the help of Roger Brown
Susie Acton plants her tree with the help of Roger Brown

THREE new apple trees have been planted at Steyning Community Orchard.

The aim, in time, is for the orchard to have one of the county’s best collections of Sussex heritage apples, growing in a traditional orchard setting.

Susie Acton planted an Egremont Russet, which she had donated in memory of her father, Lewis Wood, who owned the original orchard, and Peter Billings planted a tree on behalf of the Carpenter Box trust, which had made a generous donation.

The third tree was planted with the help of young people at the planting ceremony.

Bob Platt, from the orchard team, said: “Once the trees had been planted, the orchard team set to work, mulching them and driving in stout chestnut posts to support wire fences to protect the trees from deer, vandals and accidental damage.

“These will remain in place for several years until the trees are big enough to survive without them.”

Susie Acton with the tree she planted at Steyning Community Orchard, in Memorial Playing Field on Saturday morning

Susie Acton with the tree she planted at Steyning Community Orchard, in Memorial Playing Field on Saturday morning

The trees planted were carefully-selected Sussex varieties, all grown on traditional rootstock.