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Chatteris families do the spade work to create a new community orchard

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Families armed with spades turned out in force on Saturday morning to take part in a tree planting session at Chatteris’s newest park.

Families dig in to plant new community orchard in Chatteris. (5700174)
Families dig in to plant new community orchard in Chatteris. (5700174)

In a great show of community spirit over 50 people descended on the Little Acre Fen Pocket Park to help plant trees and hedgerows around the park which is being developed by Chatteris Town Council.

All the saplings had been generously donated by local people and representatives of organisations including the Town Council, Chatteris In Bloom, Chatteris Street Pride, Chatteris Past, Present and Future, the Cubs and the Brownies joined families in giving up their time to enhance the environment for future generations.

The council is very grateful to everyone who turned up to help and those who donated the trees and hedging. The aim is to create a space where everyone can enjoy the vast open skies of the Fens and to link in with the Old Railway Line Footpath to form a circular walk.

After paying for the site to be cleared and a footpath installed, the council is now commissioning work to install a pond and dipping platform, a raised viewing area and a dry pond. Local residents are being invited to sponsor trees in a memorial area and Orchards East will be supplying trees for a community orchard.

Councillors Julie Smith, Bill Haggata and James Carney have been instrumental in driving forward the Little Acre Fen project and were delighted by the turnout on Saturday.

The Mayor, Coun Haggata, planted a tree as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, assisted by the many children who were present. The children also took part in a treasure hunt for nature clues around the park organised by Coun Smith.

Several people expressed an interest in helping to set up a ‘Friends of’ group for the park to help with the development and maintenance of the area and pond. Such a group will be able to access funding not available to the Town Council and will be a great help in ensuring the longevity of the park.

If you are willing to join such a group please contact the town clerk, Joanna Melton, at chatteriscouncil@btconnect.com or ring 01354 695166.

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