Baskets at the ready for community planting competition

Baskets at the ready for community planting competition

Residents of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Tregunnel Hill development in Newquay have been rolling up their sleeves and planting up their hanging baskets as part of a community competition inspired by HRH the Duke of Cornwall.

During his visit to Tregunnel Hill last July, His Royal Highness suggested it might be an idea to have a hanging baskets competition as a way of bringing residents together with some good-natured rivalry.

Earlier this month Newquay Community Orchard organised a community planting session on the green at Tregunnel Hill to get the competition underway.

Lyn Trewella, from the Newquay Community Orchard team, which has an office at Tregunnel Hill, said: “We had great fun planting up the baskets together and it was a great way for people to get to know each other. We’ve now had 20 entries to the competition and are planning to announce the winners in July.”

Lorena Viladomat, Lyn Trewella and Natalie Frost from Newquay Community Orchard with residents Hazel Sadler and Barbara May

Residents are being encouraged to plant edible varieties of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit, either in hanging baskets or in their front gardens.

The Duchy’s food strategy at Tregunnel Hill and Nansledan encourages the production of sustainably produced food.

The Duchy has already helped establish three community allotment schemes in the area and promotes ‘edible streets’ by planting herbs, nut and fruit trees throughout its new developments. Newquay Community Orchard occupies seven acres of land gifted by the Duchy on the western edge of Nansledan.

Lorena Viladomat from Newquay Community Orchard with Curtis Turner

Lorena Viladomat from Newquay Community Orchard with Curtis Turner

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