A fruitful orchard partnership

In partnership work with the Mirrlees Fields Friends Group and Helping Britain Blossom we have planted a community orchard in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

A mix of twenty fruit trees  along with a grove of hazel have been planted on Mirrlees Fields with the help of the landowner, MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd. 

This work was the culmination of three projects: Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Heritage Lottery Fund Natural Futures project, which aims to get more people doing more for their local wildlife; Helping Britain Blossom, which is restoring and creating orchards across Greater Manchester and other major cities; and the ongoing work between The Mirrlees Fields Friends Group and MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd to keep the site as a managed green space.

Adam Machin, Cheshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Coordinator, said: "It's always great when several organisations can work together to achieve shared goals. The orchard will provide great habitat for many species of wildlife, such as bullfinches, bumble bees and wintering thrushes that will feast on the fallen fruit.

"It will also be a great place for the local community to build an affinity to the wildlife they see and the place they are in. I think that is the goal all of the parties shared, local people caring about the wildlife and green space on their doorstep."

Jim Gilligan, from The Mirrlees Fields Friends Group, added: "We want to conserve this space for everyone to enjoy as well as make it great for wildlife. We have been lucky that our partners have been able to help us to take this step on our journey to achieving that bigger goal. We have a lot more ideas we want to see come to fruition in the future, but for now we will raise a glass of cider to celebrate our new community orchard."