500 trees planted as part of Northfield Ecocentre scheme

By Tristan Harris Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 11/12 13:54

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MORE THAN 500 trees have been planted by Northfield Ecocentre as part of National Tree Week, which ended on Sunday (December 2).

The Northfield's Orchards project, which has seen fruit trees and broadleaf whips planted, was undertaken by staff and volunteers, along with Friends of Manor Farm Park, Victoria School and other community groups.

And, with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees among those planted, the scheme also hopes to offer locally grown fruit to reduce food miles.

Project manager, Luke Pearson, said trees brought other enormous benefits - as well as providing wildlife habitats, they reduced carbon emissions.

“With ash dieback disease threatening a large portion of England’s ‘green and pleasant lands’, ‘National Tree Week’ is of particular significance this year. “

Daniel Bryson-Peart, the Friends of Manor Farm Park secretary, said he felt the orchard would bring the community together, lower vandalism and provide free fruit for local people.

Residents wanting a Christmas gift out of the ordinary can sponsor a tree for £10 for a friend or family.

In return they get a pack detailing the tree's type and location and a certificate.

And, with Northfield Ecocentre still looking for other sites for community orchards, groups and organisations in the town are being urged to get in touch.

Locations so far housing orchards include the Cofton Park, Victoria Common, The Black Horse pub, St Laurence Junior School and Ley Hill.

For more on the scheme and other Northfield Ecocentre projects, visit the building at 53 Church Road, Northfield, call 0121 448 0119 or visit www.northfieldecocentre.org

For more pictures of the project, visit www,bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

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