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Ilkley Fire Station to create a community orchard

Firefighters at Ilkley Fire Station

Ilkley Fire Station has just launched a fundraising drive in a bid to create an orchard.

They are working with local charities, schools and businesses to make the site a community asset where people can learn more about nature and the environment.

The orchard will include 20 semi dwarf fruit trees, which will be a mix of apples, pears and plums.

Watch Manager Lee Mitchell said: “Establishing an orchard and working with the public enforces the message that this is a community fire station and an asset for all.

“People will be able to pick fruit, receive gifted fruit, help maintain the orchard and meet the firefighters while understanding more about the work we do as a fire service. It also means we are doing our bit to help capture carbon and meet the government’s targets of net zero by 2050.

“The local garden centre Moss and Moor has been incredibly helpful, advising on the best types of trees for a northern climate, as well as supplying the trees at trade price.

Climate Action Ilkley will be helping to make sure the orchard is looked after on a long-term basis with their trained volunteers overseeing a pruning and maintenance programme. We are looking forward to getting started and hope to be supplying fruit to the local community next year.”

The orchard at Ilkley Fire Station can be supported through the Crowdfunder site here. People can donate any amount or sponsor a tree for £75, which will include a small plaque at the base of the tree to acknowledge its funder.


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