A heritage apple orchard has been created at Tam O Shanter Urban Farm in Wirral. The trees were donated by Fruit Routes in Birkenhead as part of their campaign to create orchards and fruit picking trails in urban areas so children understand more about where food comes from.
Tam O Shanter urban farm is a popular attraction and hundreds of families, animal and nature lovers visit the farm on a regular basis. It is also regularly used by schools as part of their educational activities.
It is hoped the new fruit routes orchard will help visitors and young people to understand how fruit is grown in a farm and how an orchard can feed animals including pigs in a natural, organic way and how this fits into the food chain.
Notes to editors:
1. Details about Fruit Routes can be found at Fruit Routes Website
2. The Big Tree Plant is a national campaign which helps people and communities across England to plant more trees where they live and work. The target is to plant 1 million additional trees by April 2015.
3. Details of the campaign can be found at: Defra Big Tree Plant
4. The campaign has the support of major bodies, environmental charities and agencies including MerseyForest, National Forest Company, The Tree Council, Trees for Cities, the Woodland Trust, England’s Community Forests, Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV, Civic Voice, Groundwork, Natural England, Mayor of London, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Local Government Authority, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.