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Orchard trees in urban spaces

Monday, 20th April 2015

Schools, housing estates and allotments within The National Forest are getting that Forest feeling, thanks to the National Forest Company’s Urban Trees programme, sponsored by H K Wentworth.

Nearly 400 silver birch, oak, hornbeam, crab apple and orchard trees, some standing over two metres tall, have been planted across urban spaces in the Forest, gracing parks, housing estates and allotments from Newhall to Ashby and from Measham to Ellistown.

The whole programme has been funded by the National Forest Company (NFC), North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire district councils and Ellistown parish council. Community allotment and school orchard trees have been supported by National Forest sponsor H K Wentworth.

Planted by groups of school children, ‘friends of’ groups and volunteers, the trees contribute to the growing urban Forest, bringing benefits to both those who live nearby and the surrounding environment. Trees add beauty to the surroundings, create shade, absorb water, clean the air and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Ron Jakeman, Group Managing Director of H K Wentworth, visited Central Road Allotments in Hugglescote, where a small orchard of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees has been planted. He said: “We’re delighted to be able to support The National Forest’s urban tree planting programme. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the Hugglescote allotment volunteers who’ve created a very special place for local people to enjoy.”

Thousands of urban trees have been planted throughout The National Forest over the last twenty years.

John Everitt, Chief Executive, NFC, said: “The National Forest does not stop at the edges of our towns and villages, but can be felt by everyone wherever they live.  This planting programme shows how you can connect the countryside to our urban spaces to bring trees to the heart of our communities.”