Nut Tree Planting
The TTT Fruit and Nut tree project started in March 2007 with the planting of some walnut and almond trees on Vire island. Since then we have been planting more nut trees and fruit trees every winter, on many sites in and near the town, totalling about 300 trees. Of those planted, about 70% have survived the vicissitudes of vandalism, neglect, unfavourable weather or site, and many are now fruiting and nutting well.
The purpose of the project is to build up community orchards and nut groves to add to the availability of local food on our doorsteps, as feeding ourselves from afar becomes less and less viable. Many of the trees are guarded by volunteers usually living nearby. Group days to prune and care for the trees are also organised periodically, as well as training days. Funding for buying these trees has come from many Charitable Trusts, local individual donors, South Hams District council,the Town council, housing associations, Sharpham Trust, the Totnes Quakers, and others. Trees for Health has assisted us in planting and tree care.
Co-ordinators of this project have been Wendy Stayte, Holly Tiffen and Roy Wilkinson. We have been joined by Larch Maxey, who has introduced grafting workshops, and is leading the establishment of a Tree Nursery in Follaton Arboretum. The project does not hold meetings outside the gatherings for planting and tree care. One of the co-ordinators aims to attend Core group meetings.