Overgrown orchard to be Sheffield allotment site

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An overgrown orchard on the edge of Sheffield is to be transformed into an allotment.

The National Trust and Sheffield Organic Food initiative have joined forces for the project, on land off Hagg Lane, between Lodge Moor and Rivelin.

Currently the site is overgrown, but has many fruit trees and bushes.

Volunteers are being sought to get involved in tidying up the plot and helping with the planning for its development.

Rachel Mora-Bannon, the National Trust’s Peak District volunteer programmes manager, said: “We are really excited about this partnership in Sheffield.

“We are going to take some of the expertise in fruit and vegetable gardening we have gained in the Longshaw Kitchen Garden and share it with the young people of Sheffield.

“Working with Sheffield Organic Food Initiative and their knowledge in organic gardening and permaculture will enable us to explore new techniques away from more traditional gardening.’

The project aims to create an edible food garden, with perennial fruit and vegetables grown.

The National Trust said the garden would be used to produce ‘a range of diverse and productive crops for food, wood, dyes and herbs’.

Younger volunteers are particularly being urged to get in touch with the National Trust to help make the scheme a reality.

n To find out about volunteering at the site, email rachel.mora-bannon@nationaltrust.org.uk