Tree-plant­ing to cre­ate or­chard

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

A CHAR­ITY group spent three days last week work­ing with dis­abled pupils and par­ents at Wyvern spe­cial school at Sin­gle­ton cre­at­ing a tra­di­tional or­chard in the grounds. They were joined by staff and county coun­cil­lor Derek Smythe and planted more than 40 fruit trees over the six­acre site to pro­vide nat­u­ral wildlife habi­tats in a project funded by Her­itage Lot­tery cash. The Bum­ble­bee Al­liance pro­vides ac­tiv­ity pro­grammes and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices re­lat­ing to wildlife, hor­ti­cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment is­sues. The new or­chard will pro­vide hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence for pupils able to see the at­trac­tion of bees and other in­sects es­sen­tial for fruit pol­li­na­tion. Pupils will also be able to en­joy a range of taste and flavours and be en­cour­aged to use the crops in their cook­ing and healthy eat­ing classes.

Pupil Do­minic Palmer plant­ing trees with one of the par­ent helpers Steve Dyer

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