On the Town Field, next to the Wetland, there will soon be apples, pears, cherries and greengages, with damsons arriving soon after. Next Wednesday morning, December 4th, twenty five pupils from Llanfyllin’s Primary School will accompany volunteers and members of Llanfyllin’s Town Council down to Llanfyllin’s new public open space to plant a new orchard for the town and its visitors. It’s all part of helping Powys wildlife thrive by providing specific habitats that are disappearing from the Powys landscape.
Orchards, a common feature in Powys town and countryside, have been disappearing over recent years. The children have been studying their environment at school and thanks to funding from Powys County Council and Natural Resources Wales, Llanfyllin’s Town Council have given them a chance to make a real difference. The children will plant a new orchard. The new orchard of trees, specifically chosen for their hardiness and good eatability, are to be planted in Llanfyllin’s new public open space alongside the River Cain in the centre of town.
The County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Recreation, Councillor Rosemarie Harris said “Planting these trees in our local open spaces where they can be enjoyed by the local community and benefit biodiversity has to be a good thing and is such a simple thing to do.”
Huw Ellis: Head teacher of Llanfyllin Primary School said: “Planting the orchard is a great way for our children to learn all about their environment. They will be able to study the wildlife they will support and share the fruit with their friends and families as they grow.”
A spokesman for the Town Council said: “This is another step on the way to continue to turn an ordinary field alongside the River Cain into a public open space for people and wildlife to enjoy throughout the year.”
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