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Fruity offer in store for Reigate shoppers
10:25am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Shoppers in Reigate town centre will receive an offer of the fruity kind next week.
For members of Growing Redhill and Transition Redhill will be in the High Street on Saturday, October 19, for Free Fruit Day.
From 10am to 3pm - or until the fruit runs out – they will be running a stall near The Market Stores and Caffè Nero, re-distributing local fruit with a message to people to take away with them - “grow your own.”
The fourth annual event coincides with national Apple Day, which was initiated by the organisation Common Ground in 1990. Debbie Fox, chairman of Growing Redhill, is making a special plea to those with fruit crops to share the bounty.
She said: “We will donate some apples from the Growing Redhill plot. “Experts at RHS Wisley have identified them as Crispin, Grenadier, Bramley and Cox varieties. This year there is a bumper harvest." The bounty for the stall will all be from local fruit and nut trees, with zero associated 'air miles'. As well as boxes of fruit gathered before the event, local people are being invited to bring unwanted fruit to the stall during the morning. Last year, despite a poor harvest, many kilos of apples and quinces were re-distributed. Growing Redhill, which is shortlisted in the Heart of the Community Awards 2013, is a community-led gardening group, run solely by volunteers. The group helps local people take up gardening, supports its members with tools and space to develop their growing skills, and has been helping local people “grow their own” for more than five years.
Its members also maintain the flower planters at Merstham Station, working in partnership with Southern. Transition Redhill states that is a group of people who care about the town, and want it to be a good place to live, not just to shop or work. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Garland pub in Redhill from 8pm – sometimes with a speaker or a film.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group's website at: www.transitionredhill.org For more information about Common Ground, visit its website at: www.commonground.org.uk