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Green shoots: MP helps Sheepscombe Primary School plant out new orchard


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie joined forces with pupils from Sheepscombe Primary School to help plant the new Blossom Orchard at Ebworth.

Ms Baillie joined 70 pupils to take part in the National Trust organised event – the next delivery phase of the Ebworth Nature Transformation project.

This is a 200-hectare landscape scale restoration initiative by the National Trust supporting nature’s recovery in the Cotswolds.

On the day 60 trees were planted – apples, pears, plum, cherry and walnut. The tree Ms Baillie planted was an apple called ‘Bountiful’.

“I had a great time getting stuck in with the brilliant pupils from Sheepscombe who do a regular forest school. I have met them before and it was lovely to see them again,” said Ms Baillie.

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“They took the time to quiz me about my views on climate change, human rights and dogs digging up trees!

“Many thanks to the National Trust for organising the planting and for its work at Ebworth. Experts from the fantastic Gloucestershire Orchard trust were there too. The children enjoyed it a lot if the noise level was anything to go by!”

The planting was funded through the National Trust Blossom Together campaign, a national project to give communities more access to nature through the creation of green spaces and circles of blossom trees.

The pupils from Sheepscombe were invited to help plant the orchard, as they come to Ebworth most weeks for Forest School. They will now help water and mulch them.

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