RESIDENTS will soon be helping themselves to fresh fruit from community orchards planned for Frodsham to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Sixty apple and damson trees will be planted this autumn – 12 on the former children’s play area in Hawthorn Road, and 48 at the lower end of Churchfields.
The town council-owned sites have been offered up to Frodsham Transition Initiative (FTI), a new ‘green’ group, backed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, who were looking for small parcels of under-used and publicly accessible land for volunteers to plant and maintain small orchards for the benefit of local people.
The town council has also pledged up to £1,000 funding for the project, which is also backed by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
CWaC’s principle sustainable development officer, George Ablett, said: “We hope to eventually create a trail of community orchards in Frodsham, where there will be an open access season for people to help themselves to fruit. It’s all about bringing the notion, especially to children, that food doesn’t just turn up in shops.”
Town councillor Graham Bondi said: “There seems to be general approval to plant these trees and Churchfields is one of the best places to put them.”
Town council chairman, Mark Warren, said: “Churchfields is a large site that can accommodate both an orchard and a play area.”