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East Cowes Town Council and Red Funnel open new community orchard for the Island community

Thu, Mar 16 2023

East Cowes Town Council and Red Funnel have today opened a new Community Orchard to Isle of Wight residents, after coming together to create a safe and relaxing space for members of the local community.  

The opening is part of Red Funnel’s ongoing commitment to the local community, which has seen the cross-Solent ferry company plant 160 trees across the Island in celebration of its 160th birthday. From the trees, residents will be able to enjoy their fruits, including apples pears and cherries.

The opening was joined by Mayor of the Town Council, Cllr Tracey Reardon. Speaking about the community orchard she said: “We are pleased, as always, to work with Red Funnel to deliver projects that will benefit our town. We hope that the orchard will thrive, and that we are able to continue to develop it as a source of fresh fruit for the community. As the town continues to thrive, so we hope, will our relationship with Red Funnel.”

Also in attendance was Commercial Director at Red Funnel, Lee Hudson, he added: “We are very excited to open the Community Orchard for Island residents to enjoy. We are extremely proud to partner with the community to gift such an important aspect of what makes the Island so unique: its scenic spaces and biodiversity.”


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About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  

In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and its on board café, ‘ReFuel’.

The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Wight Proms, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year, 2023 is Aspire.

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