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Fruit for free: Green-fingered Berkswell residents plant fruit trees in village

Solihull Editorial 9th Feb, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

BERKSWELL residents have donned their coats and planted fruit trees in a bid to brighten up the village.

Three apple trees have been planted on the verges of the Riddings Hill estate to provide a bit of spring colour and something tasty for residents to pick in the summer.

The trees were the brainchild of Berkswell resident Frances Wimpy and were planted next to an old hedge row which already grows blackberries in the hopes they will inspire people to suggest other verges where more fruit trees can be planted.

Berkswell Parish Councilllor, Andrew Burrow welcomed the initiative.

He said: “Solihull has a lot of verges which a green deserts – grassy areas which are not used.

“Frances has been a huge part of planting bulbs and trees in the village.

“We’re hoping that once they grow, they’ll provide other people with lovely fruit they can enjoy and inspire other people to do the same.

“We just want to make sure people are proud of where they live and feel like they own a little piece of it.”

Any groups interested in planting more trees in Berkswell should email Andrew Burrow on andrewburrow@talktalk.net