Highbridge Community Farm hosted a group of visitors from Eastleigh Lions to witness the opening and official handover of the replacement fruit shed.
The Fruit shed was hit by a lighting strike around midnight on 23 July 2019.The strike is thought to have hit the solar panel on the roof and set the battery in the shed on fire. The shed was completely burned to the ground along with approximately one quarter of the 500 sq m fruit cage, 3 one thousand litre Industrial Bulk Container water tanks and the irrigation system.
Thanks to the help of the Eastleigh Lions we have been able to replace the shed with one of a similar size. This has been insulated and lined by Brian Tull (one of our members) in order to store apples and pears in it during the winter and fitted with shelves to hold 80 trays of fruit.
A second gift of £500 by one of our members has enabled us to replace some of the tools which were destroyed and purchase new irrigation equipment. Work is ongoing to repair the irrigation system and the Fruit cage.
Fruit team leader Dr Andrew Ross welcomed the Eastleigh Lions and gave a short account of the construction of the Fruit Group shed and the fire and its subsequent resurrection.
Lions President/Chairman Peter Coles cuts the ribbon.
Retiring A team leader Brian Tull cuts a celebratory cake.
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