Residents and community groups across Newhaven are being asked to come up with suggestions on where fruit and nut trees can be planted - completely free of charge – as a way to help boost wildlife and provide free food for passers by!
The call is being put out by grounds maintenance specialist Burleys which looks after much of the public space for Newhaven Town and Lewes District Councils.
The company will provide a mixture of crab apple, elderflower, damson, wild cherry, blackthorn and hazelnut trees - to be planted by the area’s tree wardens in the autumn.
And residents are invited to join them in their planting efforts on December 2, during National Tree Week.
Burleys community liaison officer Karen Rigby Faux explained: “We’re planning on greening up Newhaven and would love to know where you think we could plant some edible trees across the town and open spaces. These trees will not only be fantastic for wildlife but will also provide foraging food for us and we are really excited to donate trees for the benefit of the community.”
Possible locations could include school grounds, grass verges, the edges of playing fields and parks.
The areas selected must have suitable conditions for planting and have the landowner’s permission and access must be available for the person nominating the location to nurture the trees during their first five years of life.
Anyone – individuals or community organisations - with suggestions for tree planting areas should contact Karen by October 31 at firstname.lastname@example.org.