Fruitful enterprise

Reception-class pupils from Cherry Orchard Primary School got their first taste of community gardening on 21 March, as they planted fruit trees at Redrow’s Ebbsfleet Green development as part of the Edible Ebbsfleet initiative, which will provide people of all ages with free fruit and vegetables and educating them on food production.

Green fingers: reception pupils from nearby Cherry Orchard Primary School plant fruit trees in Ebbsfleet Green

The scheme was spearheaded by Ebbsfleet Garden City Healthy New Towns, in a partnership with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, supported by NHS England and housebuilder Redrow.

The four and five year-olds planted 20 tree varieties including crab apple, pear, apple and plum trees, that will mature in time for the autumn and provide a free crop.

Mike Tynan, area construction manager at Redrow South East, said: “It’s been lovely having the children from Cherry Orchard primary school on-site today planting fruit trees.

"It is so important that children recognise the benefits of eating healthily and we are happy to be involved in their education."