Oaklands Park Community Garden & Orchard
Made up of apples, pears and plums and the Oaklands Park Community Orchard was planted in November 2011. Originally 20 trees big two additional plantings have bought the orchard total to 35 and among traditional varieties such as Bramley and Victoria Plum the team have also cultivated rare Sussex varieties which include Wadhurst Pippin, Eastbourne Pippin, Alfriston, Tinsley Quince, Saltcote Pippin, Crawley Beauty and Duck's Bill. Every year a wildflower meadow is sown under the orchard providing an important habitat for a host of pollinators - as well as beautiful sight for park-goers. Working parties take place regularly throughout the year. Watch this space for regular updates or follow us on facebook @TransitionChi or twitter #TransitionChi.
Following the success and interest of the orchard in summer 2014 eleven raised beds were constructed in Oaklands Park in order to grow fruit and vegetables, to be picked and harvested by local people, and anyone using the park. Working groups meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at the garden from 16.00-18.00 throughout the summer.
If you would like to get involved, please come along.