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Tough digging Tough digging

Author Huw Morgan

With views over Brighton and down to the sea, the Racehill Community orchard was a fantastic setting for a spot of wild flower planting over the weekend. The new orchard is a Brighton Permaculture Trust

project in partnership with Brighton & Hove council and has seen a neglected open area planted with a variety of fruit trees.

Saturdays Summer Picnic celebrations were a great chance to get involved with the project and get some help planting over fifty locally sourced native wild flowers around the orchard. From bird's-foot trefoil to lesser knapweed kids and parents alike helped out with the planting although the real hit of the day was the discovery of a wriggling mass of slow worms under some corrugated iron.

The wild flowers will provide a good nectar source over the following months for the butterflies and insects that call the hill home and the group will be running further conservation tasks over the course of the year.

Find out more about Sussex Wildlife Trust's Brighton & Hove Community Wildlife Project and sign up for their newsletter here: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/community/page00019.htm

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