We had a very successful fruit tree planting last Sunday. Seven fruit trees were planted guided by Brighton Permaculture Trust, and all in all, around 50 people came along to celebrate and help dig in the trees.
Pete West – our Councillor and Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability – and our MP and neighbour, Caroline Lucas, were there to do the first digging. We were also delighted to see Ann Baldridge from Harvest, Sam Bryant from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, David and Mike from the Phoenix Centre, Tom from the Signalman pub and of course, lots of neighbours and friends.
Robin van Creveld prepared a wonderful lunch on the station terraces of apple and squash soup, apple ratatouille wraps and a ‘winter pudding’ made from panetone soaked in apple and blackberry compote with port. The recipes are on his website.
The event was the culmination of a month of intensive work in the garden. To make it even more special, we learned the day before the event that we’d been successful in getting a small grant from Harvest to cover further training with Brighton Permaculture Trust on the maintenance of the mini-orchard.
You can read all about it in Brighton’s Evening Argus (the wonderful Argus characteristically got the name of our group wrong in the first paragraph: we are not Preston Circus planters!)