From left: Louise Lesniak with Harrison and Mia Lesniak and Angela Wiseman. Picture: Tony Jones.

Barroway Drove residents will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour after planting a new community orchard. 

Villagers of all ages came together to plant 10 fruit trees which included cherry, apple, plum and pear.

It is hoped the trees will bear fruit within the next couple of years and fruit will be available for anyone to pick.

Vicki Howling, letting secretary for the village hall committee, said  around 10 children and 10 adults attended the tree planting ceremony, held on Wednesday, February 17.

“It went  very well considering how cold it was,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the best time to plant trees is in the cold.  And the children were more interested in the indoor activities in the village hall, but they did relate to tree planting, such as leaf-printing.”

She added: “Our aim is to bring people together and help them feel part of their community and we thought a community orchard where they can pick their own could be a good way to achieve this.”

The community orchard is part of the Barroway Drove Discovery Project, a Lottery-funded scheme which aims to attract more people to use the facilities on offer at the village hall.