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Community orchard site - planting to take place on right

The orchard site near Kersh Avenue

In preparation for the planting of the new orchard, holes for the fruit trees have been dug on the south-east quadrant of the old Levenshulme station site at Crayfield Road, and a mixture of fresh topsoil and compost deposited in the holes.  Planting and tree-grafting is to take place on Sunday 18th March!

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Volunteers from the Friends and from the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers at work near the lattice bridge, during our work day today.  Meanwhile other tasks were being done nearby to clear litter and prepare the ground at the site of the planned community orchard near Crayfield Road.

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As part of our Levenshulme community orchard project, we are holding a work session on Sunday 19th February, based at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Loop in Levenshulme, from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m.

The major part of this session is to tidy up the area of the old Levenshulme station site and adjoining bits of the Loop towards Errwood Road and the Highfield Park lattice bridge.  We will also be marking up the orchard site for location of the fruit trees.

All are welcome to help with litter-picking and other small tasks, including explaining what’s going on to passing Loop users.  The Friends will provide litter-pickers and rubbish bags and have some strong gloves available (but please bring your own gloves if you can).  We recommend suitable footwear for rough ground.  Secateurs and/or loppers may also be useful.

We welcome your help, however much or little time you have available.

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At a site meeting in December it was agreed that the south-east quadrant of the site (bordering Kersh Avenue, Marley Lane and Broom Lane) would now the most suitable for the proposed orchard, given difficulties with the Crayfield Road site previously identified.  We have provisionally booked the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers to help us and local residents with clearing the site and planting, respectively on Sundays 19th February and 18th March.  At our members’ meeting on 16th January we will decide a more detailed timetable for work to be undertaken.

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