Community fruit orchard for Low Bradfield

A new community orchard will be planted close to the centre of Low Bradfield on Saturday 20th February thanks to a community project.

The 65 trees selected will include both heritage and modern varieties of apple, pear, plum, damson and cherry – a range of fruit that can be used by the community for cooking, pressing and eating.

Local people are welcome help plant the trees.Everyone is meeting  at 10.30am at the entrance to the footpath/track opposite The Plough Inn and wear warm clothing and sturdy boots.

Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, the Council’s Cabinet member for Local Environment added: “The Community Foresters Service originally provided 15 fruit trees, but Bradfield in Bloom successfully applied to the Community Assembly for an additional 50 trees, so the project has grown into a significant orchard. It’s great to work closely with the community to plant these trees that will provide a source of fresh, tasty fruit for everyone in the village to enjoy.”

Wider project
This winter over 800 mature trees will be planted across Sheffield and trees in Stannington Park will replace some self-established ones that took root along the railings next to the car park.

The Council’s Parks and Countryside Service received around 400 suggestions for tree planting locations this year and most are already planted or in hand.

This is the second year of major tree planting by the community foresters and Sheffield City Council says this is “probably the greatest ever urban planting scheme in the city since the Victorian times. It represents a major boost to the environment and an essential contribution to renewing the city’s declining urban forest”.

The planting will be carried out in partnership with schools, the local voluntary and commercial sectors and community groups. As many people as possible will be involved to help deliver and take ownership of this project, getting involved at every stage, from planning through to the actual planting.

Many of Sheffield’s trees have stood for well over 100 years, making the city more attractive, healthier and habitable. But many of these are fast approaching the end of their natural lifespan and a new generation is needed to take over from these ancient guardians.

Sheffield Council says this new initiative will kick-start the regeneration of Sheffield’s urban forest, helping to safeguard and improve this valuable asset for generations to come.

A range of different species will be planted from both natives and exotics to fruit trees.

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