Final trees planted in Alkincoats Park orchard

Staff for Pendle Coucil Parks and Recreation department, the environmental action group and Friends of Alkincoats Park plant the last trees in the parks new orchard.'Photo Ben Parsons

Staff for Pendle Coucil Parks and Recreation department, the environmental action group and Friends of Alkincoats Park plant the last trees in the parks new orchard.'Photo Ben Parsons

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PLANS to improve a popular Colne park are continuing to blossom.

Over the past two weeks Pendle Council park keepers, the Environmental Action Group and the Friends of Alkincoats Park have been working together to plant around 200 trees.

Their aim has been to create a fruit orchard, near to the old pitch and putt area on the left hand side as you enter the park, made up of apple, pear and plum trees.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, executive member for parks and recreation, said: “The new orchard is a wonderful addition to this popular Colne park. It adds an extra feature of interest for visitors.

“Plus, as it’s a public orchard, the fruit is available to anyone who’d like to sample it or use it in their cooking.”

And park keeper Lee Johnson added: “The orchard has been planted with different varieties of apples, pears and plums.

“Although the trees will produce some fruit this summer, the crop will be better by the orchard’s third summer.

“So by 2015 - who knows? - we could be launching our own Alkincoats fruit pie bake-off or jam making contest!”

The Alkincoats orchard is just a small part of Pendle Council’s programme of improvements for the park.

Other projects include:

• The installation of a herb garden on raised beds in front of the pavilion

• The introduction of additional wildflower areas near to the new orchard and in other areas of the park

• Further improvements to the walled garden area.

For more information principal development officer in parks Kieron Roberts on 01282 661587 or email kieron.roberts@pendle.gov.uk.