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Funding for community orchards

by Cathy Sheel

Local groups are being invited to apply for funding to help them create community orchards.

As part of the celebrations to mark the coronation of King Charles III, Knowsley Council has been allocated £50,000 from the Coronation Living Heritage Fund, a local tree planting initiative supported by Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund.

Community groups, charities and ‘Friends of’ groups in Knowsley can apply for a share of the fund to establish a community orchard in their local area.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help cover the cost of buying a minimum of five fruit and nut trees, as well as ground preparation, site protection and irrigation. It’s hoped the funding will support the creation of at least four new community orchards at existing open spaces across the borough.

Groups can apply for funding here. The deadline for applications is 12.00pm on Monday, 8 January 2024.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “I’m delighted that this funding will give local groups, charities and ‘friends of’ groups the opportunity to create their own community orchards.

“As well as bringing many benefits to our local environment, community orchards are good for people’s health and wellbeing and show how easy it is to grow delicious local food.”