Creation of community orchard on cards for Ottery park

Greener Ottery's plans to create a community orchard and wildmeadow around Land of Canaan. Picture:

Greener Ottery's plans to create a community orchard and wildmeadow around Land of Canaan. Picture: Sharon Scott - Credit: Archant

The group has met with East Devon District Council Streetscene to progress the idea around the Land of Canaan.

No final decision has been made, but the group's members are hopeful they can begin planting shortly.

A plan shows the community orchard would have around 10 to 12 fruit trees and berry bushes throughout the area.

A butterfly corner would be created using plants designed to attract the pollinator.

Greener Ottery was set up following a declaration by Ottery Town Council that it would make the town carbon neutral by 2030.

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Residents and experts and working with councillors to think up initiatives, including improving the town's biodiversity.

Town councillors Dean Stewart, Vicky Johns and Stewart Lucas met with Sharon Scott from Streetscene to discuss the proposal.

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Councillor Stewart said: "What we were offered and what we found to be possible left us inspired, excited and desperate to get started.

"We are hopeful that tree planting will start in the next few weeks.

"We have met with Ottery In Bloom and they are keen to get involved and help us choose the right plants for the right position and reason.

"They have considerable knowledge and together with Streetscene's experience, resources and enthusiasm this project has enormous potential.

"There are however some areas the council may wish to consider in the future - additional plants, a covered structure for young people, a bandstand in the triangle opposite the outdoor gym and a bridge across the leat between which makes more sense than one nearer the Tumbling Weir."

Further proposals include a floor covering of wildflowers and bulbs and planting more wildflowers under existing trees.

The types of shrubs and flowers used will be seasonal to ensure the area always has something in bloom.

The plans show a corridor of plants along Hind Street to lead people from Land of Canaan into town.

Residents with further ideas or suggestions for the area are encouraged to get in touch with the councillors.

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