Orchard plan takes root  

MANGOTSFIELD School has started work to create an orchard and wild flower meadows.

Students and teachers were joined by staff from South Gloucestershire Council’s Common Connections Project to plant first a variety of wild flowers then five apple trees and a pear tree to start the school’s own orchard.

Common Connections is a scheme funded by the West of England Combined Authority to restore and join up green spaces, rivers and ponds in 87 sites across the district.

The aim is to create wildlife corridors so animals can travel safely, extend their habitat and food sources.

A spokesperson for the school said: “It was wonderful for the school to take part in this creative community project.

“The long term vision is to support our food curriculum through fruit growth on site. Many thanks to the students who took part.”