Volunteer work party starts clearance of rubbish from future community orchard


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.

IMG_20150314_The_rubbish_at_the_start[1] The waste pile, with rubbish removed by Sean, at the start of the work party on Saturday 14th March.

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.

IMG_20150314_The_work_party[1]The work party with some of the rubbish they had gathered


IMG_20150314_The_rubbish_end_on[1] Two photos to show just how much waste the volunteers managed to clear from the orchard, in just two hours

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.

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