Community enjoys new orchard after allotment break in
PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 July 2014
THE first social event at a community orchard was held as allotment holders rallied round after it was broken into.
The Bournville allotment, which is located behind Lonsdale Avenue and Windwhistle Circle, and yards from Weston St John’s Football Club, was broken into in December. Several sheds were smashed open and plot holders had expensive tools stolen.
But after collecting donations from B&Q and Weston Wood Recycling, the group was able to plant an orchard on the site.
Storyteller Ash Mandrake was invited on Sunday to provide the entertainment, and everyone enjoyed drinks and food.
An allotment representative Annette Foan said: “We’re trying to turn it into an edible area as people don’t have enough space to grow fruit trees on their plots.
“It will be full of fruit and all the allotment holders can help themselves. It will take a few years to be established but we hope we can keep it going for many years with even more social events in the future.”