On Saturday 18th February, Roots for the Future worked with the Northbourne Action Group to plant 20 fruits trees on the Northbourne estate. Funded by Godalming Town Council and supported by Southern Housing, 40 people came out to plant cherry, apple and pear trees.
The Northbourne Action Group is a community group made up of mums and dads who give their free time to provide events and activities for the children and the community on the estate. Community spirit and the general appearance of the estate have improved dramatically since the group was formed 10 years ago.
20 girls and boys of various ages put their wellies on and came out with their mums, dads, aunts, uncles and friends to create an orchard between the road and the playground at the entrance to the estate. Before we got started on planting, the kids had the chance to play and learn about nature with our outdoor learning leader Holly. They did a treasure hunt, made pictures with what they found, and played with the parachute.
After a quick demonstration on how to plant the tree so that it has the best chance to survive, people got into groups to plant their own fruit trees. It was lovely to see families working together to plant their trees. Each team will remember which one they planted, and younger and older planters can watch their trees grow along side them.
It was not only a way for residents to make a positive difference to their local environment, but also a chance for them to get to know their councillors a little better. Councillors Liz Wheatley and Godalming Town Mayor David Hunter attended and planted a tree together.
If you a part of a community group, work for a local authority or work for a housing association, and think you could partner with Roots for the Future on a similar community project, get in touch.