Friday, 13 February 2015

New orchard brings hint of spring to Fulbourn

A hint of spring is coming to Fulbourn this Saturday 14 February as local volunteers plant a new community orchard.

The new orchard on St Vigors Road is being planted by volunteers from Fulbourn Forum, a local environmental group, on land owned by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Local district councillors Neil Scarr and John Williams will also be on hand to help with the planting.

The Council has provided nine cherry and plum trees to establish the community orchard. Part of the site was seeded with wildflowers last year to encourage and support pollinating insects, so by summer it is hoped that the site will be buzzing with wildlife too. And in years to come, residents will be able to pick and enjoy their own fruit.

Cllr Robert Turner, councillor in charge of conservation at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Community orchards have proved very popular in our villages, encouraging local people to come together to transform outdoor spaces and establish something that will be part of their community for many years to come. They’re a great success, and I hope Fulbourn residents enjoy watching their trees grow.”