Soudley kids bite into orchard project
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Education and also in Communities, Environment, Health, Housing
Children from Soudley Primary School had a taste of the future this week when they planted up over a dozen organic apple trees in the school's new community orchard.
The patch of land on land at the side of the school was donated by not-for-profit community homes organisation Two Rivers, which rents out 32 affordable homes to local people in the village.
The trees are all local heritage varieties including "Arlingham Schoolboy" "Ashmead's Kernel," "Jenny Lind," "Spout Apple," and "Hunts Duke of Gloucestershire."
The trees have been sponsored by families in the school and have also been dedicated to friends and families and came from Day's Orchard, Organic Apple Juice producers from Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire.
Planting an orchard is a great way to make the links to between so many subjects of vital importance to our children. Trees are at the centre of the web of life, cleaning the air we breathe, producing our food and providing homes for wildlife. They are our most direct link with nature."
School Governor and recently retired Two Rivers board member Jean Birkett reinforced the importance of the project.
Head Governor and apple queen Lucy Motson said the project was a great way to bring nature and the environment into the school room.
"Apple trees have an even more powerful link with our past. Gloucestershire has a great orchard tradition. Our Soudley Orchard will be a living history lesson. Local food is also a really important issue, connecting us to the local economy and issues like food miles and climate change," she said
The whole community have been involved in the project, with Two Rivers donating the land, and parents, governors and community members working together to clear it ready for the orchard.
"I would particularly like to thank C M Barber Plant Hire who came with a digger to help us out," Lucy said.