There are three community orchards in Arun, they are great places to meet to relax, enjoy events such as Apple Day or blossom time picnics or as places to get active helping to care for the trees and their surroundings. They encourage biodiversity, education and help to preserve rare Sussex varieties of apple. To find out more about our orchards, or learn how to get involved, contact our Parks team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01903 737960.
Maltravers Community Orchard
Maltravers Leisure Gardens, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5EY
This orchard was planted in December 2012 with the help of local residents, River Beach Primary School, Worthing and Arun Mind and Brighton Permaculture Trust. It was funded by Arun Wellbeing.
The orchard has a wildflower meadow with a woven willow hurdle fence and a turf compost heap has been built. A walnut tree was donated to celebrate the years anniversary by the Chairman of Worthing and Arun Mind.
Regular Orchard Work Days are held on the second Wednesday of every month 10:30 - 12:30.
Rife Community Orchard
Felpham Recreation Ground, Brooks Lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 8AT
This orchard was planted in Winter 2012 and sits within the Felpham Recreation Ground in Bognor Regis. They have a very active working party that meet regularly to create a biodiverse space, plant new trees and maintain the orchard.
The community orchard is run by the Greener Bognor Network, who work with the Parks Service to maintain and support it.
Herington's Field Community Orchard
Heringtons Field, Fitzalan Road, Arundel, BN18 9JP
This is Arun's newest orchard, planted in February 2013. All the tree varieties – which include Crawley Beauty apple trees and Conference pear trees - are connected to Sussex.
The project is funded by Arun Wellbeing and there will be a Friends Group established to help manage the orchard in the future. Pupils from Arundel Church of England School will be mucking in as part of an ongoing school project.