Volunteers sought to nurture fruit-bearing trees in parks and open spaces


Everything will be provided to those who can help the trees become established

A community orchard planned by Banbury Town Council will provide free fruit for local residents.

The trees will be at various sites around town and the council is looking for volunteers to plant and nurture the trees through the first two years of growth.

Families, individuals, clubs, schools, social groups etc are all urged to get involved and become valued tree wardens.

Martin Phillips, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said: “This is a lovely project and we thought it would be great if the wider community could be part of it.

“It could give a new meaning to the phrase ‘family tree.’ Parents could take their children to help plant and care for the trees and it could be a source of pride for all the family.

“But it’s not just for families. Single people, clubs such as scouts and guides, schools, older people’s associations, etc could all be wardens.”

Cllr Phillips said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to be part of something that will provide free fruit and help communities cultivate a greener future for the town.

He added: “There is no cost involved for the wardens. Everything they need will be provided – it’s just tender loving care that is required. Help from our park rangers and other knowledgeable sources will be available if needed.”

The trees will be planted in parks and open spaces around town and they include varieties of apple, pear and other seasonal fruits.

The orchard will also boost tree cover, increase biodiversity to help wildlife and the environment.

It will be a contribution to a nationwide initiative set up to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.

Wardens will be able to choose a site and will be provided with a tree, planting accessories, tools and be given training. Park rangers and lead volunteers will help with the planting.

Cllr Phillips said: “Tree wardens will look after their trees through their first and second years of growth with help and guidance from the park rangers.

“Trees will need watering in dry weather and other duties will include checking their health, weeding around the bases, inspecting stakes and ties, and topping up mulch layers in winter. Any problems can be reported to the park rangers.”

People interested in learning more should contact Banbury Town Council.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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