On Saturday, March 1, a group of friends, sponsors and supporters helped plant 46 trees at Cotton End Park in Long Buckby.
These included 13 crab apple trees, to form an avenue from the entrance, and traditional varieties of mulberry, quince and medlar.
The avenue will in time make a show of blossom in the spring, and provide bright red fruits in the autumn – an excellent food supply for birds.
The 16 fruit trees bring the total number of local heritage fruit trees planted in the community orchard to 88.
Nick Roberts, chairman of Long Buckby Green Spaces, said, ’We have had a great morning planting 16 fruit trees, and 30 traditional hardwood trees in different parts of Cotton End Park.
“These trees will enhance the appeal of Cotton End Park over the coming years, and the community spirit on display this morning was terrific.
“Thanks to all our volunteers and helpers, and to the Big Tree Plant, whose grant enabled us to purchase the trees.
“We always welcome volunteers, and if you would like to help, you can make contact with Long Buckby Green Spaces via our Facebook page.”