23rd Oct, 2017

Housing development bears fruit for district's residents

Stratford Editorial 18th Dec, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A HOUSING development has borne fruit for Stratford residents a decade on.

Teams from Stratford District Council this week finished planting 300 fruit trees at land on Bridgetown Meadowland, which was originally developed as part of the Trinity Mead housing development.

Over the last ten years the woodland area – created as a planning condition of the estate – has transformed into a rich habitat for wildlife.

Council bosses are now working with Warwickshire County Council’s forestry team and contractors, The Landscape Group, to open up the new community orchard to volunteers and members of the public.

Made up of 21 varieties of apple, four of cherry, three of damson, six of pear, seven of plum, three of quince, and one of medlar, it is hoped the orchard will expand over time – providing opportunities for people to access local wildlife and learn new skills through community-led activities.

And come spring, the council plan to create wildflower meadows and meandering pathways for the area.

District council technical services spokesman, Coun Mike Brain said: “When we plant orchards we can teach children where food comes from, and the importance of nature.

“Hopefully this site will not only become a real hub for our residents but also support them in leading a healthy and active lifestyle as well as ensuring everyone has their five a day.”

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