Trees are a symbol of ‘community’

Tree planting at Cotton End Park.
Tree planting at Cotton End Park.
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Local varieties of heritage fruits were planted at a village park.

Groups planted a mixture of heritage apple trees, plums, pears, gages and cherries, all from the East Midlands, to create a community orchard at Cotton End Park in Long Buckby.

Community orchard coordinator Daniel Tabor said: “Sponsors and friends were invited to come and plant ‘their’ trees, and over 70 people of all ages attended.

“The team work and community spirit on display were wonderful and inspirational. It was great to see families, youth groups and others all working to plant the trees.”

Long Buckby Green Spaces is a voluntary group, set up to create a public amenity and nature reserve at Cotton End Park, a 10-acre site on the edge of Long Buckby.

The community orchard is just one of the projects taking shape at the new park. It received a grant from The Big Tree Plant (part of the National Lottery) to buy the trees.

More events are planned for later on this year, including the official opening of Cotton End Park on Monday, May 27 at noon. Pictured are, Cllr Diana Osborne, with from left, community orchard coordinator Daniel Tabor, with the chairman of the Long Buckby Green Spaces committee Nick Roberts.