We want to grow a greener Britain by creating or transforming green spaces across the UK.
Heaton Park’s community orchard needs your help! Heaton Park has a community orchard but you wouldn’t know it. Located behind the Dower House, the orchard is made up of one mature Bramley apple tree with several smaller trees currently being choked by weeds. It could be an absolutely fantastic space as it is a quiet corner of the park but still close to amenities like The Stables café and main play area. The Dower House is the base of Manchester and District Beekeepers so the orchard is in the ideal place providing bees with the food they need to survive and they, in turn, pollinate the trees and plants so that they produce fruit. The orchard won’t just be made up of fruit trees. There will be nut trees, fruit shrubs and herbs that are loved by bees. We won’t get rid of the brambles, we’ll just control them so that they allow other plants to grow. Fancy having a go at making some sloe gin in the next couple of years? We’ll plan some blackthorn so that you’ll be able to find some.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Rewards £1,000 Corporate volunteer package up to 30 people - 1 task day + hospitality package £1,000 Sponsor an unemployed young person from Greater Manchester for 6 months in to training or employment, Sunday roast at the award-winning Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom for 2 (up to £75) + luxury EAT Pennines hamper. £500 Corporate volunteer package up to 15 people – 1 task day + hospitality package £200 Two day beekeeping course LIMITED TO 6 £100 Plant a tree for a loved one – choose a standard sized fruit or nut tree to plant in the orchard LIMITED TO 40 £80 Luxury EAT Pennines hamper + 20% off in The Stables and Pavilion cafes for a whole year £60 Prosecco afternoon tea for two £25 10% off in The Stables and Pavilion cafes for 12 months £15 10% off in The Stables and Pavilion cafes for 3 months £5 Pledge to support our community orchard and unemployed young people
Steps to get it done:
Heaton Park is the largest municipal park in Europe but hardly any of it is used for community food growing. Creating this community orchard will more than double the amount of food growing space within the park and allow local people to benefit. The project won’t just be about getting the work done, it’s also about giving people the necessary skills to be able to look after the orchard and know what to do with the fruit.
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