Orchard will be a great resource for residents

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A VARIETY of over 50 fruit trees have been planted at Melton Country Park to benefit the community.

Residents came out in force to help plant the community orchard on Saturday for future generations to enjoy.

Six year old Ben Rochelle plants a tree with Conservation Officer Catherine Tregaskes, and Friends of the Park Maddie Smith and Bill Forbes PHOTO: Tim Williams

Six year old Ben Rochelle plants a tree with Conservation Officer Catherine Tregaskes, and Friends of the Park Maddie Smith and Bill Forbes PHOTO: Tim Williams

They joined the Friends of Melton Country Park and Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire at the site, situated on the left of the Royal themed flowerbed, close to the railway bridge.

Trees planted included, apples, pears, plums, quince, medlar, mulberry and walnut. Local varieties were also planted, including Syston White plum and Annie Elizabeth apple.

Kim Hawksworth, of Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire, said: “We had a fantastic turnout of residents eager to help plant the trees which was great.

“The orchard will benefit both the community and local wildlife and we’re sure it will become a fantastic resource for residents to pick their own fruit.

“It will also be a fantastic educational resource. A lot of young people these days think that food comes from a supermarket and the orchard will help re-educate them about that.”

 

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