Residents enjoy new Digswell community orchard

PUBLISHED: 09:30 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:30 30 March 2016

Tree officer Ollie Waring and children from St Johns school

Tree officer Ollie Waring and children from St Johns school

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A new community orchard has been planted in Hertford Road, Digswell.

Pupils from St John’s Primary School and Welwyn Hatfield Council’s tree wardens joined officers to plant trees and shrubs on Friday, March 18.

As well as providing outdoor classroom space for the children to learn about nature, the new orchard will be used by the neighbouring Forge Art Club for classes. It will also provide a green space for the whole community to enjoy and make the most of their environment.

Tree officer Olly Waring said: “We’re really pleased to see the children getting so involved.

“This orchard is a great way for them to do something healthy and active, while learning about nature.

“It will be really interesting for them to follow the progress of the orchard as the trees and plants develop.”

Teacher Tracy Tann, of St John’s Primary School, said: “It is wonderful to have this on our doorstep.”

The orchard will be maintained by the council’s landscape and ecology department, with help from St John’s Primary School and volunteer tree wardens. To volunteer to help, please contact 01707 357000.

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