A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the final planting at the Townsend Community Orchard last Friday.

We had a large group of willing volunteers who turned up at Townsend Green ready and equipped to plant more fruit trees, thus adding to the twenty trees that were established in early October.

The group of twenty-five adults included ten staff from local company Cosine, who have been a loyal supporter of the project from the start.

Also lending a valuable helping hand were ten pupils from Haddenham Junior School, accompanied by their enthusiastic Head Teacher, Sue Lewin.

After the group received planting and staking instructions from Greg Smith, followed by an important safety briefing from Diccon Proctor, the physical work began – digging metre-wide pits to receive the mix of compost and fine soil for each of the new trees.

Once planted, each tree was supported by a substantial stake, and a protective guard was fitted. Chipped bark mulch will be applied to the top of each newly prepared tree bed in the near future.

The photographs illustrate this wonderful community endeavour in progress, and the archive will hopefully be enjoyed again in years to come, as future generations benefit from the fruit and the leisure space that the Townsend Community Orchard will provide.