Hats off to staff at Staunton Farm, Countryside Service colleagues, partners, volunteers and local families, who braved the rain and mud to plant the first of the fruit trees in the new community orchard with Councillor Seán Woodward😊
27 out of 42 trees were planted, many of which are native to Hampshire or rare to find 🍏🍒
The orchard is located within a new community garden – the former Storey Garden dating back to the 1860s – at the popular family attraction near Havant, with the aim of people looking after the trees, harvesting the fruit and apple pressing in the future.
The orchard project has been a fantastic collaboration between Staunton staff, supporters and volunteers alongside the Beacon Community Partnership (Right to Work CIC and Havant Day Services).
Storey Garden was originally a kitchen garden and orchard to the Storey family home in the – the project intends to recreate this and open it to the public, ensuring that everyone can enjoy it, become actively involved, volunteer and take on a community group role.
The Storey Garden work compliments the National Lottery Heritage Fund work taking place at Staunton to transform visitor facilities and reimagine its special history and heritage.