Grange Park Tree Project Set To Bear Fruit

A project based at Grange Park in Blackpool will see 2,000 trees planted on the estate during this winter.

It will not only reduce carbon but also create mini orchards which will be accessible to all.

The planting is being led by Groundwork and funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). It is being carried out with support from local resident volunteers, including members of Blackpool Civic Trust, who have quickly developed a sense of ownership about the new orchards.

Together, we are currently putting in larger fruit trees to create mini orchards on small areas of green space, where everyone will be able to pick the fruit.

Pauline Taylor, Groundwork’s Senior Ecological officer said: “We have already met lots of lovely local residents who want to get involved in helping to make their local community greener. Together, we are currently putting in larger fruit trees to create mini orchards on small areas of green space, where everyone will be able to pick the fruit. The trees were supplied by a company from Southport which means the trees we are planting have been grown in a similar climate and so have a much better chance of flourishing.”

Members of Blackpool Civic Trust are among those who have volunteered to help with the tree planting, including beeches and cherry trees along Bathurst Avenue.

The current programme of planting scheme is due to be completed by February.

In 2022, Groundwork helped to plant over 10,000 trees in the Blackpool area alone.