Tree projects to bear town fruit

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TWO tree-related initiatives are launched in Lewes this month, allowing residents who care about their surroundings to provide more greenery and free produce – by logging on.

At suggest a tree site on www.friends-of-lewes.org.uk/tree-surveys you can give ideas where new specimen trees might be planted for the Lewes Urban Arboretum Project.

The plan is to generate a sustainable and growing natural resource by planting up to 120 species of tree, increasing natural beauty and providing more shade, cleaner air and reduced pollution.

On the same website you can record a fruit-tree and help with harvesting.

Tell the Lewes Fruit Tree Project about fruit-trees in hedgerows, streets and private gardens to help mapping what types there are in Lewes and to plans to reintroduce old Sussex fruit-tree species.

You can also sign up for the next stage, in 2013, when volunteers will be needed to pick unwanted fruit and distribute it to community organisations as fruit or juice.

The Lewes Abundance Project will use the apple-press that’s been kept busy for the last two years during Lewes OctoberFeast.

Copies of the forms are available by writing to Lewes Arboretum, 1 Riverdale, Lewes BN7 2JL or Lewes Fruit Trees, PO Box 202, Lewes BN7 9GT.

Robert Cheesman, Chair of Friends of Lewes, said: “If we can show local people really support these projects we will be in a good position to attract funding from the South Downs Sustainable Communities Fund.

“This is a great chance for Lewes to project itself as an integral part of the new National Park.”

The projects are the result of ‘fruitful’ co-operation between the Friends of Lewes and the team behind Lewes OctoberFeast, and both also owe a great deal to long-term Lewes resident Paul Millmore, whose funeral was featured in the Sussex Express.

Paul was the driving force behind Lewes’s inclusion in the South Downs National Park and the development of the Lewes Urban Arboretum Project.