14th May, 2021

Fruit trees set to play a vital role in city

Rob George 19th Mar, 2021

VOLUNTEERS from Worcester Canal Group dug deep to help plant fruit trees in Lansdowne Park and along the canal towpath in the Arboretum.

Their green-fingered efforts helped create a mini blossom trail which will in time provide food for both pollinators and residents.

The project is the brainchild of member Graham Fowler who launched a Crowdfunder on SpaceHive to raise money to buy the trees.

He then teamed up with Arboretum Coun Jenny Barnes to plan which trees to buy, choosing varieties which will come into blossom at and fruit at different times.

The Canal and Rivers Trust also generously donated trees and Worcester City Council operatives took charge of planting the trees in Lansdowne Park.

Speaking after the trees were planted, Graham said: “The canal is very important for wildlife but between Lansdowne Park and Diglis the towpaths are pretty bare, with little for wildlife to feast on. Our aim is to plant fruit trees all the way down to Diglis Marina and this got us off to a good start.”

Chair of Worcester Canal Group, Coun Joy Squires said: “Worcester Canal Group is committed to improving biodiversity in and around the canal as it makes its way through Worcester.

“The canal is a real gem and these fruit trees will make it even more attractive. I’d like to thank Worcester City Council and the Canal and Rivers Trusts for their support with this project.”

Coun Barnes said: ”I really enjoyed researching different varieties of fruit trees to make sure we could plant trees that would provide blossom for pollinators for as long as possible and give a good range of fruit for residents to enjoy.”

Visit www.worcestercanalgroup.org.uk or call 01905 612373 for more.

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