On Saturday 14th March, eight volunteers set about the job of clearing rubbish from the plot, near the Wyeths Road gate, which is to be come a community orchard for the allotment site.
The plot has a large number of fruit trees, mainly apple trees – many of which produce excellent fruit. The site has been neglected over the years, and a considerable amount of rubbish has accumulated.
Sean Harvey, from Epsom Council, has started work in trying to clear the rubbish, in order to get the plot back into a state in which is possible to assess, and look after, the fruit trees.
The volunteers managed, over just two hours, to remove a remarkable amount of stuff. This included: three kitchen sinks; two large television sets; some 30 wooden pallets; some 8 large metal window frames; huge amounts of broken down carpet; plastic of all sorts in large quantities; two office chairs; and so on.
Further clearance will continue, and we hope that the orchard will be a real asset to the allotment site, in due course.
The next work party is planned for the afternoon of Sunday 29th March, from 3 – 5pm.
Tea and cake will again be provided for the volunteers.
Do come in sturdy shoes, and bring tough gardening gloves.