In two days 60 primary school children, 40 local people and a few committed Woodland Trust staff planted the UK’s first edible woodland in Purdown Open Space. Children from Glenfrome Primary School which neighbours the park planted over 140 native saplings on Friday excited about the elderflower cordial and hawthorn ketchup they’d be making in several years time.
In total over 700 trees were planted including apples, almonds, damsons, quinces, elm, wild cherry and hazel. As well as the enthusiastic pupils lots of the local people were keen to be involved in the care of the trees. The first opportunity will be to mulch them in the New Year. This will mark the first of several opportunities to be involved and learn about edible landscapes and tree care. Stay poised for more information!
So a big thank you to the lovely folk who cam out to plant this amazing legacy. I look forward to eating the raspberries with you all next year and the apples the following year, the hazels and almonds in a few years and all the while drinking delicious elderberry wine!
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