Tree planting for a school orchard

Leigh CE Infant School pupils and headteacher Tracy Gunn with Coun Kevin Anderson at the planting of an orchard organised by Transport for Greater Manchester who are funding numerous community projects to coincide with the construction of the Leigh Guided Busway
Leigh CE Infant School pupils and headteacher Tracy Gunn with Coun Kevin Anderson at the planting of an orchard organised by Transport for Greater Manchester who are funding numerous community projects to coincide with the construction of the Leigh Guided Busway
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DOZENS of fruit trees due to be planted at schools across the borough under a new programme began at Leigh CE Infants last week.

Pupils and staff from the school joined representatives from both Transport for Greater Manchester (TGM) and Wigan council to plant the first of 90 fruit trees which are eventually planned for 15 schools across the borough.

The trees will create a new orchard at the school in Walmesley Road, and hopefully provide baskets of luscious free fruit for pupils in the coming years.

It is also hoped that a natural habitat for birds and insects will also be formed delivering a valuable educational resource.

A further 14 primary schools will take part in the programme including some in nearby Atherton and Tyldesley.

The tree planting scheme is one of several community-based initiatives planned by TGM in conjunction with the busway project.