A group of volunteers is blazing a trail through Buckland and Landport to provide opportunities for local people and to create a link to the city’s Dickensian roots.
The Charles Dickens Trail is a walking route in Portsmouth, the city of his birth. The route takes in 15 attractions linked to the great writer, including the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, St Mary’s Church and the Hard.
Yesterday the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Ken Ellcome, planted the first tree, and was joined by Cabinet Member for Property and Housing, Cllr Jennie Brent.
Starting yesterday, and continuing until Saturday, local volunteers will be joined by local school children, residents, Tree Council representatives, local tree wardens, Friends of the Earth, Food Portsmouth, Abundance Portsmouth and Fratton Big Local. They’ll be planting fruit trees and hedging at designated areas along the trail.
Dickens was an advocate of ‘an apple a day’ for health and historically there was a cherry orchard between his birthplace and St. Mary’s Church.
It was a natural choice to use part of the route of the trail for a new orchard planting initiative which will provide free fruit for local people, plus opportunities to learn about trees, hedges and growing food.
We are supporting this fantastic project which has been funded by the Tree Council.