Villagers have banded together to plant a community orchard in a Moorlands village. The green-fingered project at All Saints Church in Dilhorne saw lots of residents join in on the tree planting initiative.
Villagers have banded together to plant a community orchard in a Moorlands village.
The green-fingered project at All Saints Church in Dilhorne saw lots of residents join in on the tree planting initiative.
Volunteer Helen Thurstan said: “On Saturday (March 13), All Saints Church planted their community orchard in the churchyard, thanks to the wonderful help of neighbours and parishioners.
“Our volunteers dug, removed turf, planted, put in stakes, tied up the trees, mulched the top, carried water to fill the water butts and by the end of the day we had our very own, first community orchard.
“Our school is very keen to get involved and some time this year we will be burying a time capsule to reflect the times we’ve gone through.”
Churchwarden Audrey Salt added: “We are delighted to be using part of our churchyard in this practical way, and we hope the community will thrive through it.
“We even had a very generous donation from one of our parishioners who could not dig, but who wanted to contribute in some way.
“This may go towards purchasing a bench, because we do want the orchard to be a place where people can spend time, sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.”
Helen continued: “In the church we recognise that we all have a part to play in responding to climate change and to help to sustain this world of ours.
“We hope that this small orchard will not only be a symbol locally for us reflecting our care for our world but we hope it will become a community hub where parishioners can join together in the care for the orchard, at the same time, benefitting from the fruit of our labours.”
Helen added: “The group of community volunteers were joined by our new Benefice Vicar, Reverend Mike Newbon and his wife Ali.
“Thank you to Les Salt who made the orchard in the shape of a cross a straight and sensible design as opposed to my wibbly wobbly attempt, and Kev Ball, one of the church’s neighbours who gave us a fighting start with the holes dug by his little digger.
“It was a great day and we’re hoping for such things now from the orchard and the community it will grow.”
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