After the great success at the Ridgeway School planting over 3000 trees for the BBC Breathing Places, the school is teaming up again with The Great Western Community Forest to plant an orchard on Wednesday 1 December.
It will be accessible to the people of Wroughton and school pupil and, as both will be working together to maintain the health of the orchard, it will mean a stronger bond between the school and the community.
The school have been lucky enough to secure a ‘Take Roots’ grant from Swindon based company, AFL Telecommunications Europe Ltd to kick-start the project.
On 1 December students in the ‘Green Team’ will be planting 10 fruit trees in front of the school. This date coincides with ‘National Tree Week’, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration and proved to be the perfect date for promoting the community orchard.
The idea of creating Community Orchards across the Swindon area is a developing project. The Ridgeway School Sixth Form Green Team and Great Western Community Forest are planning for the project to progress to a larger Orchard being planted on the school field for both the school and Community to use.
Katie McCabe, Year 12 Green Team student, said, ‘this is a very exciting project as it will encourage the students and community to work together to have a ‘Greener’ lifestyle!’