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Patcham Infant School

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School Orchard


We have planted an orchard in our school grounds!

What a fantastic opportunity for our children, staff and volunteers to learn about tree planting and to be involved in the process too. We have been awarded the Harvest School’s ‘Good Food Grant’ and been able to fund and implement Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Small Orchard Programme.


Stephen Gehrels and Hedvig Murray from Brighton Permaculture Trust led the tree planting and Mrs Melanie Vincent organised and co-ordinated the project. Mrs Beck the Environment co-ordinator was present to help along with grandparents, parents, Eco Buddies and School Councillors plus additional volunteer children.

We learnt that to allow the roots of a tree to spread more freely it is wise to dig a square hole rather than a round on. Did you know that Britain grows 1,200 different varieties of apple and there are 7,500 different types grown worldwide?

We planted local apple trees because we want to encourage local growth. Here are the names of the apple trees that we planted: Saltcore Pippin, Wadhurst Pippin, Tinsley Quince and the Apple Maiden from Alfriston.

We will care for our orchard carefully and then next year expect to see some apples. We will keep you posted!