The Conservation Volunteers in Plymouh teamed up with local scouts to plant an orchard on the edge of Dartmoor. More than 20 fruit trees have been planted as part of a project aimed at helping youngsters understand the origins of food and encourage them to get out in the countryside.
This project was part of the Big Green Space Challenge, which is funded by the Langage Power Plant / Centrica and managed by South Hams District Council – Keith Rennels.
Dean Price, TCV Community Project Officer, began working with the group to capture their dreams and turn their ideas into a workable project.
TCV began the first phase of the project back in September with construction of stock netted enclosures to protect the vegetation, that have yet to be established and the construction of raised beds. This work culminated in a final work day to finish the fencing and beds on Fri 4th Oct as Plymouths contribution towards TCVs Big Green Weekend.
The second phase of the work was completed as a community planting day, held last Saturday and led by senior project officer Tom Williams. With the help of the local scout group TCV planted 23 fruit trees in the stock netted enclosures at the campsite at Callisham Cross.
The day proved to be a great success with twelve scout volunteers supporting four TCV volunteers and one staff member. Unfortunately for Dean, he was ill on the planting day so missed out on all the fun and cameras!
More information and a chance to see the group in action can be found here.