Tree-mendous day for Yarm children

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY ORCHARD: Levendale school pupils Caitlyn Hyde and Lucy Murphy help councillor Bob Wegg plant a fruit tree at Snaith's Field in Yarm. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton. COMMUNITY ORCHARD: Levendale school pupils Caitlyn Hyde and Lucy Murphy help councillor Bob Wegg plant a fruit tree at Snaith's Field in Yarm. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton.

SCHOOLCHILDREN did their bit for their town this week by completing the planting of a community orchard.

The children, aged eight and nine, came from Yarm’s three primary schools and planted the last of the trees for the town’s new community orchard on Snaith’s Field.

Many of the trees have been donated by individuals and the community, including from one man who planted a tree in memory of his mother.

Another Yarm resident donated damson trees so he could make damson wine and rhubarb has already been used by people to make crumbles.

Carole Jones, a retired teacher who lives by the field off Bentley Wynd, had the original idea to create the orchard.

She said about 18 children from Layfield, Yarm and Levendale, mixed compost and ash, donated by Yarm town councillor Alan Judge, and plant five apple and one pear tree. “They made the ‘magic’ mixture and we planted the trees and talked about how we could protect the trees from the rabbits. It was lovely and educational at the same time.

“The apples are a bit small this year, but we’re hoping for bigger things next year.”

Most of the trees, equipment and time have been donated for free by businesses and individuals from across the community, although some money, about £200, has come from the ward budgets of Yarm’s borough councillors.

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1:07pm Sun 8 Jun 14

simpsonm says...

Here again Yarm Independent Bob Wegg and Carole Jones have been very industrious providing a Community Orchard for the town with the permission of the Town Council. Thanks is also given to Alan Judge who has also made contributions and given hours of his time to help tidy the area after the area was cleared of the "nature returning to the wild" status. This will not only make it a safe area that is frequented by children but make it another community feature. Many thanks also to Andrew Sherris and Mark Chatburn for their hard work in helping the clearance and planting as well as giving a donation of £200 to the project.
Here again Yarm Independent Bob Wegg and Carole Jones have been very industrious providing a Community Orchard for the town with the permission of the Town Council. Thanks is also given to Alan Judge who has also made contributions and given hours of his time to help tidy the area after the area was cleared of the "nature returning to the wild" status. This will not only make it a safe area that is frequented by children but make it another community feature. Many thanks also to Andrew Sherris and Mark Chatburn for their hard work in helping the clearance and planting as well as giving a donation of £200 to the project. simpsonm
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