All are welcome to help plant first trees at Ottery’s community orchard

The first trees will be planted in Ottery St Mary’s community orchard tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, and all are invited to go along.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has donated 10 trees and a strip of land at the Land of Cannan for the town’s community orchard.

Volunteers, the Greener Ottery group and EDDC Streetscene will be on site from 10am until 12noon, tree planting. All are welcome to go along.

Greener Ottery thanked EDDC for its support and also Ottery town Councillor Vicky Johns for her help coordinating the event.

The group hopes the town will turn out and get involved with the tree planting – then help shape the future of the community orchard, wildflower meadow and wildlife area, with ideas and time.

A Greener Ottery spokesman said: “The community orchard is exactly that – it belongs to the community. We want to absorb a little carbon, produce a little fruit, attract a lot of insects and give Ottery a little area they can visit and enjoy colours, scents, beautiful flowers and a little peace in an area that belongs to all of us.

“We are so grateful to East Devon District Council for making this possible and providing everything we need.

“We really hope locals turn up and celebrate this precious gift and then keep in touch with Greener Ottery to suggest the next plants and flowers and help us maintain this vital space.

“Ottery Town Council want to invest in the park area, and community involvement and ideas will be key to this.”

Cllr Vicky Johns said: “The whole idea for the community orchard came about due to the environmental emergency that has been declared world wide and as a council we wanted to do something not only for the community but for generations to come. Something that makes people that they can leave a positive footprint behind.

“With the help of various groups, individuals and  we are planting local trees for local people and I am very proud to have played a small part in that.”

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