Sunday, 1 April 2012

Local school children help establish Dalby Forest Garden

Children from Thornton Dale Primary School reached for their wellies last week to plant a host of herbs and edible plants in Dalby Forest.
The Forestry Commission, North York Moors National Park Authority volunteers and the Friends of Dalby Forest are creating a vibrant forest garden in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) beauty spot, near Pickering. Last year the youngsters were amongst an army of local volunteers who helped make a massive 100 metre square woollen duvet to drape over the vulnerable plot to repel winter frosts. Now the blanket has been rolled back and the garden has re-awakened, so the final planting can be done.

Petra Young from the Forestry Commission said:

“Shrubs like raspberry and bilberry are taking root, along with apple and pear trees and many herbs. As the children grow up so will the garden. Before too long it will be a fabulous feature of the forest, full of colour and scents.”

The project is supported by the North York Moors Authority Sustainable Development Fund. For more information contact Petra Young on 01751 472771.

Rachel Benson, who features in the film and provided advise on the planting, runs Old Sleningford Farm - a 17 acre smallholding in Nidderdale. You can find out about the many courses she runs there by clicking here.