Southway Housing Trust orchard creation

We partnered with a South Manchester Housing Association, Southway Housing Trust on a number of projects themed around urban orchards which included the planting of 78 fruit trees.

Over a number of public events engaging local schools, communities, including those affected by dementia, we planted 6 different fruit trees across 13 separate sites totalling 78 trees including quince, plum, pear, apple and cherry.

Working with the Environment Team at Southway, we involved the residents in activities including harvesting and using orchard fruits, as well as running fruit cooking sessions delivered in partnership with a local social enterprise.

We also taught tenants how to look after the fruit trees, giving them valuable, useful skills and ensuring they could take responsibility of the orchard for years to come.

Philippa Reece, Environment Manager, commented “By improving the green spaces in our estates we also improve the quality of life for our tenants and other local residents. Involving customers in the work we’re doing through projects like these really helps people to have a sense of ownership and responsibility of the area and fosters a real sense of community. This is a vital part of our work.”