Children planting trees at Lorton Meadows © Vicky Ashby
Children plant community orchard for National Tree week
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) staff and volunteers and pupils from Bincombe Valley Primary School in Weymouth have planted a new Community Orchard at DWT’s Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, to mark the 40th anniversary of The Tree Council’s National Tree Week*.
Grants totalling more than £30,000
DWT is one of the many community groups across the UK that made a successful application for a share of grants totalling more than £30,000, enabling individuals and groups to grow trees for fruit, and help their understanding of the value of nature, biodiversity and sustainable food.
54 trees planted
DWT Community Conservation Officer, Sam Dallimore said, “With the help of 30 year 5 pupils from Bincombe School and our DWT Lorton volunteers, we have planted 54 trees. This includes apple trees, pear trees and 5 crab apple trees, to help aid pollination. We are really looking forward to tasting the first crop from the orchard in a few years, when visitors are more than welcome to come and have a taste themselves!”
Improving lives across the country as schools and community groups get digging
The Tree Council’s Director-General, Pauline Buchanan Black, said “Thanks to the resources contributed by our donors and supporters, The Tree Council is able to provide grants that will improve lives across the country as schools and community groups get digging. While millions of trees will be planted around Britain during the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week, it is important to remember that planting an orchard is a long-term commitment to producing fresh, sustainable, locally grown food, as well as providing a valuable habitat for wildlife such as bumblebees.”
Bringing children together in a fun outdoor activity that will benefit the entire community
Deputy Head of Bincombe Valley Primary School, Annette Cobb, said “The project that Dorset Wildlife Trust and our pupils are working on will bring children together in a fun outdoor activity that will benefit the entire community. By planting and tending these fruit trees together, we hope that pupils will develop a strong sense of the importance of trees and orchards to wildlife, biodiversity and people. We will be walking down to the orchard every now and then to check on our trees.”
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is holding a ‘Wild Lorton Day’ on Saturday 5th December, making Christmas Mini Wreaths with natural materials from 10am – 4pm. Take a walk around the reserve and enjoy a hot drink for a great family day out. Phone 01305 816546 or visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events for more information.
*Tree week runs from 28th November to 6th December 2015.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
About The Tree Council
Environmental charity The Tree Council is an umbrella body for over 190 organisations working together for trees – planting, caring for and enjoying them – and a forum for tackling issues relating to trees and woods. It focuses on making trees matter to people; more trees, of the right kind, in the right places; better care for all trees of all ages and inspiring effective action for trees. It works with its national volunteer Tree Warden Scheme and member organisations to engage people in biodiversity and environmental issues and to promote planting and conservation of trees and woods in town and country. A major part of this is achieved through its annual Community Action Programme that also includes Walk in the Woods month, Seed Gathering Season and the Tree Care Campaign, and through supporting groups organising local events. http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/