Dig in at community orchard

A community planting event takes root Saturday at the Ocean Park Community Orchard.

A planting effort at the Ocean Park community orchard is set for Nov. 12.

Anyone interested in learning how to plant a tree is invited to a community event planned for this Saturday at the Ocean Park Community Orchard.

The tree-planting party is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city-owned park at 12815 22 Ave.

The effort is a co-operative activity of between the City of Surrey and Ocean Park neighbours.

The idea for the orchard took root about a year ago; it was approved last July.

Saturday’s event is free to attend, and organizers say all equipment and supplies will be provided.

There will be demonstrations on how to plant fruit trees, shrubs and bulbs, and those who turn out will be able to help plant.

“We will have 2,300 bulbs to plant, provided by the city’s Bulbs for Beauty program,” orchard liaison Linda Stanley Wilson said by email.

Stanley Wilson said tree wells are being pre-dug to make it easier to plant on Saturday.

“Even if an individual has never planted anything before, he/she is welcome to come learn!” she said.

Sparks and a Scout group are already lined up to participate, as are area neighbours of the orchard, she added.

The event will go ahead rain or shine.

Stanley Wilson said community groups that would like to arrange a different date to get involved can email opcommunityorchard@gmail.com

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OceanParkOrchard

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