Transition Southampton once again offering TREEmendous bargains in bid to build citywide virtual orchard

Posted on November 4, 2011 by

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Southampton’s residents are once again being offered the chance to buy bargain price fruit trees to help create a city-wide ‘virtual orchard’.

Last year 80 trees were distributed by TREEmendous Southampton during a community event at Ropewalk Community Garden, 20 of which were donated to local schools.

The initiative is being run by volunteers from Transition Southampton, a not-for-profit community-led organisation “committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and Climate Change”, who will be buying the fruit trees in bulk and passing on the savings to local people.

Similar schemes have been run elsewhere in the country and across the world, where for instance in Bristol over 2000 fruit trees have now been planted across the city thanks to buying at wholesale prices in bulk to bring costs down.

The organisers hope that with the growing number of fruit trees planted year on year in a few years time Southampton will be brimming with homegrown apples, and through the Transition group community events to help people use and celebrate the apples.

Project Organisers Polly Whyte, Alex Dunlop and David McKay say that having more fruit trees in Southampton will not only help lower food miles and benefit wildlife, but also provides fresh, tasty and organic fruit right on people’s  doorsteps, adding that

We want to build on last year’s success and help even more local people enjoy the fruits of having fruit trees in their neighbourhood.

Order details are available online at: www.transitionsouthampton.org and trees will be available for collection at the Southampton Seed Swap on 11th-12th Feb 2012, where TREEmendous Southampton volunteers will be there to give people advice on how to plant and care for it. All the trees have been selected to be easy to grow, the right size for small gardens (and can even be grown in large tubs on balconies), and easily pollinated.  As well as a selection of 6 apple varieties for only £7.50 each, this year Plum and Pear trees at £8.50 each are also available.  The deadline for orders is the 31st December 2011.

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