Approved community orchard in Lepton begins planning

A new community orchard scheme which was approved last year for Lepton recreation ground has begun its planning stages.

The new scheme is being incorporated within the council plans for the recreation ground as a whole, which will include nature trails and walks.

This scheme was developed by Cllr Alison Munro, Almondbury Lib Dems, as she has previously been involved in the creation of a different community orchard in her work as a parish councillor.

A group of local people has been formed who are keen to get involved and are excited at the prospect of having a community orchard in the area. The planning of the orchard is beginning now with hopes that the planting process can begin later in the Autumn. 

Cllr Alison Munro said “Creating a community orchard has many benefits including benefits for health, mental health and wellbeing, and will provide a local food source in future years.  It will also improve local biodiversity much of which could be lost through local housing development.”   The orchard aims to be a living tribute to all front-line staff in the NHS, and public services as well as the police and the volunteer groups who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic providing help to local residents putting the lives of others before themselves.  

The next virtual planning meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 7pm, and all residents are welcome with no previous experience in planting or pruning required.  If you would like to get involved with this worthwhile project, please contact Alison Munro – Alison.munro@kirklees.gov.uk or Paola Davies – Paola.davies@kirklees.org.uk.

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