Orchard plan for Frank James Hospital

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


THE Isle of Wight Orchard Group hopes to plant young hazel and walnut trees in the grounds of the Frank James Hospital, East Cowes, on Sunday.

Since starting the guerilla gardening campaign to rescue the former hospital site, the Friends of Frank James have pruned existing trees, including apples, cherries and a commemorative cherry tree, and have added plants, including a pear tree and flowers, for pollinating insects.

During the Isle of Wight Orchard Group’s AGM, members acknowledged the work done at the site and volunteered to help by adopting the grounds as the group’s first home orchard.

Sunday is close to the second anniversary of the campaign to end a decade of neglect at the nationally important site. Since entering on March 4, 2012, the friends have worked hard to halt and reverse the damage and bring owners and authorities together to draw up an action plan to save the hospital.

Owners have consented to this Sunday’s planting and responsible visitors are welcome between noon and 4pm.

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