Put town’s fruit trees on the map

CAST YOUR VOTE TO PUT TOWN’S FRUIT TREES ON THE MAP

MIDDLESBROUGH’S in for a bumper fruit harvest – but votes are needed to ensure a pioneering project gets off the ground.

The Community Patchwork Orchard will link together Middlesbrough’s existing fruit trees and orchards to make the most of the fruit that’s available to residents for free.

New orchards will also be created, alongside volunteering and training opportunities for people who are interested in growing their own fruit or using it in healthy cooking.

The project – to be delivered by Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) – has been shortlisted for funding through the Tesco ‘Bags for Help’ scheme.

Now local shoppers are being urged to do their bit to ensure the Community Patchwork Orchard secures as big a grant as possible.

Project Manager Joe Dunne said he was thrilled with the news from Bags for Help:  “There is so much fruit growing across our town, but sadly lots of it just goes to waste when it could be given away for free!

“We’ve wanted to try the Community Patchwork Orchard for some time because it’s a great way of distributing some of the great produce we grow in the area, making people’s diets more sustainable and healthy, and minimising wasted food.

“There’s a place for everyone to be involved – whether they want to volunteer for an outdoor activity, learn a new skill, help a community group access free food or simply work with others with a similar interest.

“Bags for Help have helped us start this project, but we need to make the most of the opportunity they’ve given us by getting as many votes as possible!”

Shoppers at Tesco Express stores in Middlesbrough can vote with any purchase.

Cashiers should issue a token that can be placed in the appropriate box in store.

Voting takes place between Monday, October 31 and Sunday, November 13 – and the more votes cast, the higher the grant awarded!

MEC also want to plot where fruit trees are in the town, so they know where fruit can be collected from and distributed to those that need it – if you know of a fruit tree or bush please let them know by going to www.patchworkorchard.org.uk and filling in the simple form.

More information about the Community Patchwork Orchard can be found at www.patchworkorchard.org.uk and about Middlesbrough Environment City at www.menvcity.org.uk/ or give Joe a call on 01642 579820.

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