Planting an Orchard at Slough Fort
Slough Fort Preservation Trust
Planting an Orchard at Slough Fort

Slough Fort Preservation Trust Receives Grant to Plant Community Orchard 

Kent Community Foundation has awarded the Rochester-based project over £2,000 to create a sustainable community orchard within the 19th century artillery fort.

The Slough Fort Preservation Trust was formed in October 2016, after a public meeting was held to decide how to secure the long-term future of the Slough Fort. The Trust works to secure the long-term restoration and development of the Fort as a community asset and tourist attraction.

The Trust applied to Kent Community Foundation for financial support for a project to create a community orchard in an unused corner of Slough Fort. The new orchard will provide a sustainable supply of hard fruit for local schools, care homes and local people, while bringing new volunteering opportunities and creating habitats for bees and other pollinating insects as well as new hedgerows to support wildlife.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Kent Community Foundation is very pleased to support the Slough Fort Preservation Trust project with a grant of £2,289 to create an orchard within Slough Fort. We loved their proposed project, as it will not only create a valuable source of fresh fruit for the community but restore a previously lost environment and habitat to encourage the return of bees and birds.”

Keith Gulvin, Slough Fort Preservation Trust, said, “Everyone has been very supportive of this project; Community Service has now cleared scrub and rubbish from the site, volunteers from Allhallows and the surrounding villages have planted the fruit trees, protective hedgerow and put in place stakes and rabbit guards. Our volunteers will also carry out the ongoing maintenance of the orchard. Goatham’s a local fruit farmer based in Hoo, donated the first twenty fruit trees which are now established. We are hoping for a limited harvest this year with a full crop in 2022. This is an exciting project which will provide fresh fruit for the local community and we are very grateful for the support from Kent Community Foundation to help us make this happen.”

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind
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