Planting the seed for better communities

A community orchard will be planted in Hemel Hempstead this weekend to provide fruit for generations to come.

Friday, 16th October 2015, 12:34 pm

A new apple tree with be planted at the Northend community orchard, opposite Leverstock Green Tennis Club, between 11am and 3pm tomorrow (Saturday, October 17) after a consultation last May was met with overwhelming support.

Dacorum Borough Council are encouraging residents to join in on the day – tools and gloves will be provided for those who want to help with the digging, but sturdy boots must be worn.

Margaret Griffiths, portfolio holder for housing, said: “Back in May, we held an open day for local residents to hear their views on the proposed community orchard.

“There was overwhelming support for the idea, so we’re creating a beautiful orchard that will provide free fruit for everyone.

“You don’t need to know anything about planting trees - just come along and join our planting party tomorrow.”

There will be lots of free fun for all the family with activities including a local folk band, a smoothie bike, face painting and a free prize draw to win a Sony digital camera.

The council is working in partnership with Osborne, Sunnyside Rural Trust and the Hertfordshire Orchard 
Initiative to reinstate orchards in the area.

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