DITCHLING VILLAGE ORCHARD
In a small plot of land in Ditchling, within the South Downs National Park, HKD volunteers have created a village orchard as a source of food to be shared, a haven for wildlife, a focus for learning and community activities. The Turner Dumbrell Foundation owns the orchard land, which had been cultivated as allotments. The Foundation asked the village how they wanted it used: a community orchard was the answer. The village rallied around: 75 people signed up to help, plan and plant and 7 village organisations bought trees. Since 2014 we have held an annual celebratory Apple Day on the Village Green. Our vision for the orchard is shaped around themes of fruit, wildlife and learning.