Community trees up for sponsorship

GROUPS and organisations are being given the opportunity to ‘sponsor a tree’ at a new community orchard to be created in Bedlington.

The orchard will be at The Lodge, in the grounds of St Benet Biscop High School, and will feature around 80 fruit trees to be planted on February 3.

Social enterprise Leading Link, which is running the project and manages The Lodge, is offering community groups and other organisations the opportunity to sponsor a tree for its lifetime for a one-off fee of £10.

Groups will get a photograph with their tree and a plaque by it commemorating their support.

Manager Lyn Horton said: “This is a unique opportunity to sponsor a tree for a small price which will include a plaque with your project, agency, business, individual or group.

“The trees will be maintained regularly by a group of young people from a horticultural group based at St Benet Biscop.

“And the orchard will link with the formal community sensory garden that we are starting to develop at Easter, which will be open to everyone in the community to enjoy.

“Once the fruit is harvested, the students will make and show others the correlation between the likes of a pot of jam and the raw material of a plum.”

Visit to request a tree, or call Lyn Horton or Jonny Hall on (01670) 820088.