Volunteers put up signpost to wild side
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.”