GREEN fingered volunteers have planted fruit trees at a women’s centre.
A group from Tomorrow’s Women Wirral in Birkenhead got their gardening gloves on to plant apple trees in the centre’s grounds with the help of staff from the Mersey Forest.
The planting is part of a wider project to create a sensory garden, which will provide fresh produce for the café and allow women to learn about gardening and growing food.
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral helps women to build confidence, gain skills and reduce social isolation.
Karen Horner, from the group, said: “This project means that our service users will have the opportunity to connect with nature within our grounds, while learning about the importance of healthy eating and gaining useful gardening skills.”
Sarah Morton, urban forestry assistant at the Mersey Forest, added: “The new apple trees are located on one of the key routes that the Mersey Forest is greening in Birkenhead, as part of the Wirral Green Streets project.
“We’re very excited to be working with members of the community to make this happen.”
The planting is funded by the Forestry Commission's Setting the Scene for Growth programme through The Department of Business Innovation and Skills.
Trees were donated by the Big Tree Plant through Wiser Solutions’ Fruit Routes project.
Jim Barrington, from Wiser Solutions, said: “Planting fruit routes will help Wirral residents ... re-connect with their local environment and adopt healthier lifestyles through the therapeutic benefits of gardening.”