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Ditchling Village Orchard

Ditchling Village Orchard

The Ditchling Village Orchard is located in Boddington’s Lane. This peaceful place has been created for the benefit of all.  In 2014 local volunteers planted traditional Sussex apple trees, plums, two pear trees, a quince and cobnuts. The new hedge (at the lower end of the Orchard) is a wildlife-friendly mix of hazel, field maple, spindleberry, guelder rose and wayfaring trees.

We are grateful to the Turner Dumbrell Foundation who made the land available and funded the planting and site preparation.  Special thanks to the organisations and individuals whose donations helped purchase trees:

  • Ditchling Scouts
  • Ditchling Village Association
  • Valerie Winter
  • Ditchling WI
  • Ditchling Downs WI
  • Ditchling Society
  • Beacon Park Residents Association
  • Ditchling Horticultural Society

The Orchard Support Group is a friendly team of volunteers who maintain the orchard by watering, mowing, weeding and pruning.   We also run the Apple Day event on the village green in early October each year and this has quickly become a very popular family event.  If you can help, or have ideas for orchard activities, please get in touch.

We issue an email newsletter several times each year to ensure that our supporters are kept up to date with news of activities, working parties, etc and progress at the Orchard.  Please let us know if you would like to be added to the circulation list for the newsletter.

The Orchard Support Group is affiliated with

HKD Transition (The Transition group for Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling - Building stronger communities to deal with climate change)



Contact:  Tae Chisholm
Categories:  Clubs and Societies
Updated:  2 May 2016

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