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Students branch out to grow their own fruit

25 Feb 2013

The University of Manchester has planted its first ever campus orchard.

Students planting fruit trees at the University of Manchester

Forty students helped to plant more than eighty fruit trees around their halls of residence, aiming to provide staff and students with an abundance of eating apples in years to come.

The apples are all varieties from the north-west, and should be well suited to our city’s weather conditions.

The University obtained the trees from The Kindling Trust, who arranged community groups to graft 350 trees which are to be distributed around the Greater Manchester area to inspire local fruit growing.

As members of the Big Dig, a nationwide project to engage volunteers in food growing, The University of Manchester and the Kindling Trust hope this will be the beginning of a transformation which will make the University one of the country’s most food-friendly places to study.

Alexander Clark, the University’s Sustainability Officer for the Directorate of Student Experience said: “We’re starting with apples, but next winter we plan to plant plums, pears and a whole range of soft fruit.

“We already source local organic vegetables for our halls, and now students can go a step further, and grow their own in Halls. This is just the beginning and we are looking forward to the journey.”

Trees have been planted around Ashburne and Sheavyn Hall, Richmond Park as well as Woolton Hall in Fallowfield Campus and at Dalton Ellis Hall in Victoria Park.

This week, the students will move on to plant more trees at Hulme Hall.

Notes for editors

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester
0161 275 8384

Kirstin Glendinning, The Kindling Trust
0161 226 2242/07947 715715

The Kindling Trust is a Manchester-based social enterprise working towards a sustainable food system for Greater Manchester

The Big Dig (March 16) encourages people to volunteer on their local food growing gardens across the UK