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Holbrook Community Orchard 

In support of our climate change initiatives, as we journey towards an Eco Church gold award, we applied to Horsham District Council for a Community Climate Fund grant for a community orchard within the church gardens.

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Project aims and environmental benefits

  • Plant relatively mature fruit trees to increase carbon storage and provide free fruit for our local community.
  • Help local children plant spring bulbs, create a wildflower meadow, bug hotel and butterfly feeder to increase and learn about biodiversity.
  • Recycle food scraps and garden waste in a hotbin to minimise waste and produce good compost faster.
  • Collect rainwater in water butts to reduce water consumption.
  • Invite everyone to spend time in St Mark's gardens and journey through a nature trail including Horsham Riverside Walk. 

The journey through the nature trail we hope to create will include a wildflower labyrinth to walk through meditatively and carefully into the centre and then out the same way, providing time to think, be quiet and still, pray and marvel at God’s diversity in all the wonderful wildlife.

We are looking for volunteers from the church and our local community to help with our community orchard project. To get involved or for more information, please contact St Mark’s Eco Church champion Karen Park, or the church office.

“At St Mark’s, we are passionate about looking after the beautiful world God created and we have been looking at ways in which we can develop our church grounds, to serve the needs of our community and benefit local wildlife. We are therefore thrilled to have been awarded a £1,000 Community Climate Fund grant by Horsham District Council and we hope the community orchard project will both bless local people and greatly enhance the biodiversity in our area.” Richard Coldicott, Vicar.