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School orchard plans bear fruit

07 October 2013

Pupils at a school in Penketh have enhanced their outdoor growing area by planting a small orchard.


Pupils from St. Vincent's Primary School's Eco club requested the orchard as part of the development of the school's fruit and vegetable growing area, which is used to teach children about the local environment and healthy eating.


The trees were planted in late spring by members of the Eco Club, and were provided by the Big Tree Plant through The Mersey Forest.


Jo Sayers, Community Development Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "It's really great to see this level of enthusiasm from pupils at the school.


"This school orchard will now bear fruit for all pupils to enjoy, will boost biodiversity in the growing area, and will brighten up the fruit and vegetable patches."


The Big Tree Plant is a DEFRA campaign which aims to empower communities to plant 1 million trees by 2015. The Mersey Forest is one of its delivery partners.



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