Winster pupils dig deep to do their bit for wildlife

NEWS: News.
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Children from Winster Village School did their bit during National Tree Week by planting fruit trees as part of the Winster Community Orchard and Landscape Improvement Scheme.

As well as the tree planting - sponsored by the Tree Council - the youngsters learnt more about their local environment from the project team and took part in an apple-based quiz organised by local organic gardener Sally Smith.

They also heard about the old miners’ stone footpaths - currently being renovated - from members of the Winster History Group.

The orchard project was started in 2012 by David Robinson, a local tree surgeon, whose passion for dragonflies led him to restore the pond at the bottom of the old village tip.

Two years later, the area has been transformed providing a wildlife haven and a pleasant “nature area” for local residents to enjoy.

Project team member Anthea Rawlence praised a team of voluntters who have helped transform the area and created a wonderful addition to Winster.

Anthea said the picturesque area was great for people to enjoy - but also a really important habitat for wildlife in the area.

She said: “Volunteers have reclaimed the area thanks to many hours of hard work.

“Without the vision of Dave, the commitment and support of local people and financial support from the Tree Council, the Woodland Trust, village charities and individuals the scheme would never have got off the ground.

“Now, the village has a great area to visit to sit and watch the wildlife - including dragonflies - and enjoy breathtaking views across the valley,” she added.