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Community orchard planted in the heart of Hundon

Sixty Hundon villagers united to plant 30 fruit trees, a mixture of apples, pears and plums, as the start of their Community Orchard.

They were helped and facilitated by members of Greener Growth from Bury St Edmunds with funding provided by the Broxted Solar Farm Fund for Hundon.

The orchard is on a 6.75 acre allotment field in the middle of Hundon, much used by dog walkers and people exercising. It is a green thoroughfare for anyone moving from one side of the village to the other.

Volunteers planting the community orchard in Hundon
Volunteers planting the community orchard in Hundon

The Hundon Allotment Tenants’ Association (HATA) put forward the idea of improving the field for the benefit of the community and wildlife and was given permission by the landowners for the small orchard area and a wildflower meadow.

The meadow is already quite species-rich, so a suitable mowing regime has been established and volunteers have sown yellow rattle seed to reduce the vigour of the grass and improve the suitability for wild flowers.

They will plant additional local wild flower species in the spring.

A famjily takiing part in the planting o the community orchard in Hundon. Contributed picture (43548660)
A famjily takiing part in the planting o the community orchard in Hundon. Contributed picture (43548660)

There has been significant additional interest in allotments recently, and there are now over 50 on the field.

For many villagers, the field has been a particular blessing during the isolation and distancing of Covid 19.

The chair of HATA, Vaughan Goldsborough, said: “The allotment field is the green heart of Hundon, and as a team we are committed to continuing to improve its value to both the local community and to wildlife.

"We have loads of additional ideas and lots of interested volunteers and we are looking forward to seeing more ideas come to fruition next year and beyond.”

Joannah Metcalfe, founder of the Greener Growth Community Interest Company said: "'Think global, Act local' is in action here at Hundon, contributing to sustainable food production, community cohesion, combating climate change and National Tree Week too.

"Another great opportunity for us at Greener Growth to support a community initiative helping to make the world a better place.

"It was a pleasure to assist such a dynamic group of people."

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