Vol­un­teers put up sign­post to wild side

Stockport Express - - News -

VOL­UN­TEERS have put up a new sign at Edge­ley Field and Com­mu­nity Or­chard, said to be the only re­main­ing semi-wild space from the his­toric Bridge Hall in the Adswood area of Stock­port.

Around 100 trees were planted in 2010, but few peo­ple knew of the or­chard’s ex­is­tence.

In 2014, res­i­dents from Bridge­hall and Edge­ley got to­gether to cut back the un­der­growth at the en­trances and be­gin to look after the or­chard and Op­er­a­tion Or­chard was formed to main­tain the or­chard after years of ne­glect.

Vol­un­teer Pa­tri­cia Scott said: “We re­searched the his­tory of the area and after con­sul­ta­tion we changed the name to Edge­ley Field and Com­mu­nity Or­chard.

“It is a key site for both Bridge­hall/Adswood and Edge­ley ar­eas, as all sur­round­ing farm­land has now been de­vel­oped and the or­chard is the only semi-wild space re­main­ing.

“The or­chard brings to­gether peo­ple from both com­mu­ni­ties. It en­cour­ages peo­ple to ex­er­cise them­selves and their dogs and there are some wild tree ar­eas where many lo­cal young­sters spend hours build­ing dens and learn­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Peo­ple bring young chil­dren to ex­plore, they pick the fresh healthy fruit and pic­nics are also en­joyed.

“As a re­sult of our vol­un­tary work, the or­chard is very pop­u­lar and is be­ing used a lot more now.”

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