Sponsorship helps hedge-laying project at community orchard

December 19 2017
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Volunteers at the Metford Road Community Orchard in Redland have welcomed a vital sponsorship by Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby.

Volunteers at the Metford Road Community Orchard in Redland have welcomed a vital sponsorship by Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby.

The sponsorship has allowed the volunteer group of this beloved orchard to implement a crucial hedge-laying project to maintain the orchard, encourage new growth and protect local wildlife. Hedge laying, which is a traditional skill used on farmlands and the countryside across the UK, is vital for creating wildlife corridors and safe havens for small animals and nesting birds.

The funding of this project is part of Barcan+Kirby's, 'Growing Together' campaign, which supports community orchards, gardens, meadows and a city farm. The campaign aims to boost the funds of these local community organisations to enable organisers to either complete much needed maintenance work or to kick start new projects.

Karen Shergold, the committee chair of the Metford Road Community Orchard, said: "A huge 'thank you' to Barcan+Kirby for enabling this project. We had two long runs of trees and shrubs casting lots of shade, taking up lots of room, and interrupting the healthy airflow through our orchard and the neighbouring allotment.

"The grant has meant that we could pay to get it done professionally by Malcolm Dowling, one of the best hedge layers in the country. We also enjoyed two days of great community and hands-on learning."

Bill Willcocks, managing partner of Barcan+Kirby, said: “We are delighted to be able to help such a wonderful community project.

"Grassroots projects such as this make such a positive contribution to the local environment and give local people an opportunity to benefit through volunteering as they learn and develop new skills.

"We are proud to be at the heart of our local communities and it is a vital part of who we are."

Other projects selected for sponsorship include the Golden Hill Community Garden in Horfield, a scything course at the Thornbury Community Orchard and the Greater Bedminster Good Front Garden Awards taking place next year.