The allotment volunteers are a hardy bunch, and didn't let a drop of rain get in the way of planting some new apple trees this week. In fact the rain was welcome, as it made the ground soft and easy to dig, and kept the trees damp and happy while the holes were prepared.
The trees have been planted in conjunction with Groundwork Leicester and Leicesteshire as part of 'The Big Tree Plant' project. This country-wide scheme, which is the first government tree planting campaign since the 1970s, aims to encourage people to plant more trees in community settings, particularly in urban areas.
We have decided to grow our new apple trees as 'espaliers', which is a method whereby the branches are trained to grow along horizontal wires. This means that a lot of fruit can be produced in a small space, and the growth of the trees is kept under control. The first step is to install the posts and wire which we'll be doing over the next few weeks, so if you're interested in getting involved please come along to the weekly 'open session' at the allotment, every Tuesday 10am - 12noon.