Forest garden is buzzing after donation - The Stratford Observer

Forest garden is buzzing after donation

Stratford Editorial 19th Jan, 2017   0

A FOREST garden is buzzing after a £1,000 donation.

The Forest of Hearts community project will use the cash – which was donated by Persimmon Homes as part of their Community Champions scheme – to fund its first bee hives.

The project was founded last February and aims to create an accessible and sustainable forest garden for educational and community engagement.

Bringing new life to the former RAF Snitterfield airfield, the forest garden will be filled with 1,000 trees, edible fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs and more for the enjoyment of all.

Coordinator Carole Longden said: “This an exciting venture aimed at creating a sustainable community asset for all to enjoy.

“We are just planting our first orchard which will feature apple, damson, cherry and plum trees which we expect to fruit in two years’ time.

“The bee hives will be a new feature for next year. They will be managed by an official bee keeper and we will work with the British Bee Keeper Association to help establish an educational area for the public.

“Persimmon Homes’ donation has enabled us to launch our bee hive project much earlier than expected.

“The support of businesses like Persimmon and our dedicated volunteers are really helping to bring this project to life. We are very gratefully to all our supporters.”

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