In the report written by the Forestry Commission called The Big Tree Plant Grant Scheme, Long Buckby Green Spaces Group was praised for its efforts.
The report stated: “Long Buckby Green Spaces Group has transformed a local area by creating a brand new community park on a nine acre site in the village of Long Buckby.
“With support from the Big Tree Plant, the group was able to establish a new community orchard on the site by planting heritage fruit trees and deciduous whips.
“An abundance of community spirit has meant that they were able to surpass their tree planting target of 400 trees by planting 513.”
The scheme was also praised by the local councillor for the village. “I would just like to say a very big thank you to you and all your helpers for such terrific job you have done and [are] still doing on the Green Spaces site,” said Cllr Diana Osborne at the tree planting inauguration.
The report continued: “The entire site has been regenerated by the group and now includes a play area and nature reserve.
“It is in a fantastic position to allow local people to observe wildlife and with some passionate local wildlife experts to manage the site, a bird hide and observation platform has now been added and people are documenting sightings of the unusual and protected.
“Local children are able to also engage in pond dipping on the site.