Teachers from across Wirral and Liverpool collected fruit trees from Fruit Routes so they can help pupils to create orchards and edible playgrounds in their schools. The aim is to teach young people how food is grown and about healthy eating whilst encouraging them to enjoy nature and get active outdoors.
Schools from across the north West had made applications over a year before collecting their maiden saplings.
The trees are heritage varieties of apple, plum, cherry and pears. They were grafted by specialists in Devon for the schools and were nurtured in a tree nursery next to the historic Birkenhead Park by Fruit Routes.
The fruit trees were provided by Fruit Routes as part of its drive to create community orchards and fruit picking trails in schools and urban areas. Pupils later planted the trees in the schools to create edible playgrounds. Many pupils went on to win awards and certificates as a result of their hard work.
The trees were funded by the Forestry Commission and Defra as part of their Big Tree Plant initiative.
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.