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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Pupils and members of friends' groups help to plant fruit trees in Richmond Park

Plums and apples will soon be growing in Richmond Park, Burscough, after a community orchard was planted near the entrance to the park.

Fruit trees were donated to the Friends of Richmond Park and members Tony and Gill Brunskill and Brian Guy worked with Lordsgate Township CE Primary School pupils and West Lancashire Borough Council Rangers to plant them.

They were joined by Dennis Walton from the Friends of Coronation Park, who looks after the community orchard there.

In about four years the trees will grow to full maturity and local people will be able to pick the fruit for a delicious and healthy snack.

For more information on Richmond Park please visit Richmond Park.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The pupils and the friends Group have worked hard with the rangers to plant this orchard and deserve a lot of praise for their efforts. I am sure it will bring a lot of pleasure to people in the local area for many years to come.”

The children from Lordsgate Township CE Primary School have previously helped the rangers plant tulip bulbs, a peace garden and a wild hedge. They thoroughly enjoy their voluntary work which helps to make the park an even nicer place to visit.

Steven Allday, deputy head teacher at Lordsgate Township CE Primary School, said: “The children learn a lot about nature and how things grow from taking part in these activities. We are very grateful to the Rangers and the Friends’ group for letting us get involved.”

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