Community orchard to be created in Woodlesford, Leeds thanks to £5,000 Transform funding

Community and environmental projects across the North of England and Scotland were invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the TPE Transform fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed.

Working with 50 volunteers from local schools and community groups, the initiative will see 60 fruit trees planted at a site close to the Aire and Calder Canal. The new orchard will provide fresh fruit which can be forged by the local community

The planting of trees at this location will also support existing flood alleviation measures.

David Elliott, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities said: “Planting fruit trees at this site in Woodlesford will contribute significantly to flood alleviation measures in the area, as well create a valuable, free resource of fresh and healthy fruit for all to enjoy. We are delighted to receive support from TransPennine Express’s Transform Grants scheme, enabling us to engage local volunteers to make a lasting change to the area.”

Iain Peacock, Environment Manager for TransPennine Express commented: “I want to thank everyone that took the time to submit an application and it’s fair to say the standard of submissions was extremely high.

“I’m delighted that so many projects across our local communities are going to benefit from the Transform fund and along with the Forestry Commission, we are really looking forward to seeing how each applicant benefits from our support.”

12 projects in total across the North and Scotland will share in £50,000 worth of Transform funding with the competition taking place on an annual basis.

The scheme is open to community groups, clubs, schools, charities and anyone who allows open access to their land.

Applications were judged by colleagues from TPE and the Forestry Commission with success factors including environmental improvements, impact on the local community and action to reduce social exclusion and youth unemployment, as well as overall positive environmental impact and proximity to the routes the train company serves.

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