Fruits of Our Labours

Posted on March 1, 2010 by


If you have passed through the Thirwell Road end of the Millennium Park during February, you will have noticed a dramatic change in the area. A massive overgrown cherry laurel hedge on Goodwin Road and several sycamore trees have been removed to make way for a new community orchard.

The Heeley Millennium Park Maintenance Team have been working hard to clear the site to make it ready for planting fruit producing trees and bushes. 16 new apple and pear trees will be planted in the central area with soft fruits and plums and cherries around the outside.

Heeley Development Trust have received a grant of £10,135 from the South Community Assembly Climate Change Fund to create the orchard and it will transform an underused area of the Millennium Park into a new resource for the Heeley community.

If you want to get involved with this project please contact Thom White at Heeley Development Trust (0114 2500613 or If you want to help with the planting of the fruit trees there are 3 planting days arranged during March:

Tues 16 March           1pm -3pm

Wed 17 March           1pm -3pm

Sat 20 March              10am – 1pm

All ages welcome, just turn up at the corner of Thirlwell Road and Goodwin Road.