Film funds orchard growth

Big park trees

Sapling apple trees were handed over to the Peacehaven Community Orchard in the Centenary Park this week. The presentation followed a successful fundraising film event involving Lewes District Council, the Depot Cinema and the Gateway Café. The film was part of the successful Re-imagined Buildings series, showing different films in regenerated buildings in the district. The event in Peacehaven was a sell-out and the profit bought the fruit trees.

Cllr Nigel Enever, Chair of Lewes District Council, Carment Slijpen, Creative Director of Depot Cinema and Nicola Papanicolau from the Gateway Café handed over the apple trees to Sue Griffiths and the team of volunteers who are working hard on the creation of the orchard. 

Centenary Park, formerly the Big Parks Project, was set up in 2011 to deliver improved recreation and leisure facilities in Peacehaven. With phase one completed last summer the park now boasts an award winning design café, two natural playgrounds, a state of the art skatepark and has more recently been mapped for orienteering.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council and Chairman of the Big Parks Project, said:
“We now have a park that Peacehaven can be proud of, a great destination for local residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Other representatives attending included Chris Bibb, Project Manager and Jackie Blackwell and Michelle Porter from Lewes District Council.

While Peacehaven Community Orchard is still in its early stages volunteers have planted 34 varieties of apple tree. With support from the Brighton Permaculture Trust the aim is to plant a full Sussex apple tree collection for future generations to enjoy.

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Story published on 10 March 2017