This is always a busy time of year from BrightonPermaculture Trust (BPT) when plans for orchard planting come to fruition. This year they have been particularly busy in Moulsecoomb. First it was The Keep where the local vicar came up with the great idea that what would really compliment the new historical records building would be an orchard of old fashioned Sussex fruit trees. A year later children from Moulsecoomb Primary and Brighton Aldridge Community Academywere braving the freezing weather to plant trees and drink hot apple juice they had made.
Next up was the Bevendean Pub which local residents are trying to re-open it as the first co-operative pub on a housing estate in the UK. But it will be so much more than just a pub; for starters it will have an edible pubgarden! So four apple and two plums were planted as part of the plans.
Yesterday it was Moulsecoomb Primary School turn. In the pouring rain people planted fruit trees to add to the award winning school grounds. This kicked off the schools science week where a nuttery will be planted next to the World War II garden and 10 fan trained fruit trees in the new community garden.
In between tree planting Stephan from BPT ran a fruit pruning training session at the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project for our volunteers. Thanks to the training, these volunteers felt confident enough the following week to carry on pruning.
With support from Harvest, BPT are helping to transform Moulsecoomb back to its original vision of being a garden estate. As someone who has been at all these sessions, I have been really impressed with their ability to be professional but accessible; able to reach and teach all levels of ability and engage all ages and make everyone feel part of the event. This is not easy to do, when you also have to get a job done.
So thank you Brighton Permaculture Trust.
Next up St Andrews Church

Warren Carter

 Tree planting in the rain

Before pruning first some theory