Local volunteers and community organisations and contractors ground Control have joined forces to begin the transformation of Mabley Green. Ground works have created a valley surrounded gently undulating mounds within which dozens of new fruit trees and food producing shrubs have been planted. Around the edge of the site, 500 shelter belt trees have been installed to break wind speeds and help to create a suitable micro-climate for food crops. Work is continuing on site to create a new children’s playground specifically designed around the needs of children with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum. The project will be completed in June 2016.
Ryan O’Kane of Helping Britain Blossom commented that ‘Mabley Green is a fantastic example of the huge range of benefits that a community orchard can offer: from learning new skills including horticulture and cooking as well as knowledge of where our food comes from, to encouraging volunteering, bringing people together from different backgrounds and creating wonderful social spaces that improve our health and wellbeing. Plus there’s the added benefit of free fruit for the whole community.