New orchard opened in Woolmer Green

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 April 2013

Mayor Helen Bromley officially opens the orchard

Mayor Helen Bromley officially opens the orchard


A COMMUNITY orchard was opened by the mayor last weekend in Woolmer Green.

Mayor Helen Bromley snipped the ribbon in front of a crowd of onlookers on Saturday, at the site next to the Village Hall in Hall Lane.

Janet Pearce, parish clerk, said: “It was a lovely day and there was a crowd of people who turned up to watch and a representative from the Fields Trust.

“The orchard should look lovely next year when the trees have grown a bit; at the moment they are very small because they are only a year old.”

So far 30 apple trees and pear trees have been planted along with two quinces and a medlar, many of which are heritage varieties, and Mrs Pearce said that in due course they will be under planted by wild flowers.

Situated next to the playground, the orchard is protected as part of the Fields in Trust, which is part of the Queen Elizabeth II challenge which tried to get 2012 fields protected from development as a Jubilee legacy.

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