A new mini orchard of fruit trees is the latest attraction to welcome visitors to Court Hey Park in Huyton.
Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan was joined by the Friends of Court Hey Park (FOCHP) and local school children to plant fruit trees, as part of the Mersey Forest’s Defra-funded Trees for Learning programme.
In recent weeks local school children from Blacklow Brow and Malvern primary schools have planted two small copses and hedging to enhance the existing garden and sun dial area.
Cllr Morgan said:
“We all know what a gem Court Hey Park is, and I’m delighted that with planting initiatives like this we can raise awareness of this beautiful green space on our doorstep. In the spring, the fruiting flower blossoms will provide an eye-catching addition to this quiet garden space and hopefully attract more people to come and discover the area.
“We are committed to encouraging people to get out and about in our parks and I’m thrilled that children from local primary schools have worked alongside committed volunteers from the Friends of Court Hey Park to create this beautiful space. We want to engage youngsters to enhance and really value our green spaces, and as a result, make sure future generations are invested in spending time in our parks and gardens.”
Bob Dutton from FOCHP said:
“It’s vital that our park attracts projects like this and we are very proud to have been the lead partner in bringing everyone together to achieve this.
“We hope this project will be one of many legacies of the group. It’s been a clear objective of ours to work closely with local children to create a sense of pride and ownership in them as future citizens and custodians of the wonderful and historic park.”
Ben Greenaway, from The Mersey Forest Team, said:
“This project is part of the Trees for Learning initiative which has been funded nationally by Defra as part of their aim to plant one million trees with primary school children by 2020.The children involved will learn about the trees they are planting and why it is so vitally important to plant more trees, leaving a lasting legacy for their community.”
In addition to the planting at Court Hey Park, Children from Roby Park Primary School joined Swanside & Roby Councillors to plant 579, trees as part of the ongoing Green Space Enhancement Plan at Roby Fields. The pupils planted plant a row of Alder trees and whips of hawthorn, holly, goat willow, hazel and crab apple – all of which were selected to thrive in the wet conditions on the field – along the boundary with the railway.
Funding for the trees came from Network Rail, when the trees are fully grown they will obscure the railway line that run along the back of the field creating an attractive vista for local residents
This is an exciting time for Roby Fields and local residents are working with Knowsley Council and the Swanside Councillors to take forward the Roby Fields Green Space Enhancement Plan.