First community orchard planted in Linton
Volunteers helped plant 11 new fruit trees in Linton to form the village’s first community orchard.
Land owned by South Cambridgeshire District Council on Symond’s Lane was transformed with local varieties of cherry and plum trees funded through the council’s the wildlife enhancement scheme.
Linton Parish Council initiated the project to create a community orchard after the district council had successfully established more than 15 across the district over the last five years.
A team of volunteers from the village have also been recruited to make sure the trees are watered and looked after as they grow.
Cllr Enid Bald, chairman of Linton Parish Council, said: “This orchard is an opportunity to turn a rather wasted piece of land into an attractive and productive area.
“The community will take over its care and all of the village will benefit from the fruit we grow.
“This is a fine example of parish and district councils working together to achieve a lot for little cost – and it is always a pleasure to work with Rob (SCDC ecology officer Rob Mungovan) and the tree wardens.”
Cllr Henry Batchelor, local member for Linton on South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “I fully support this project and am glad that a previously unused part of the village will be put to good use and provide another communal area.
“It will also provide a much needed sought after walkway between Symond’s Lane and Back Road.”
Cllr Roger Hickford, local member for Linton on South Cambridgeshire District Council, added: “Community orchards are a great initiative and have provided incredibly popular in the district.
“Not only will this area look much smarter but the village can look forward to eating the fruits of their labours in years to come.”
The trees and materials for the orchard cost £400.