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Residents in Bradford Moor given free fruit trees to plant in their front gardens

One hundred fruit trees and bushes have been given out to Bradford Moor residents for their front gardens.

Residents in Bradford Moor have been given free fruit trees and bushes to plant in their gardens in a bid to reduce air pollution, spruce up the local area, and supply sustainable ways of growing produce in Bradford’s inner city.

The initiative delivered by Fruit Works funded by Better Start Bradford’s Better Place Project have worked in collaboration with Bradford Moor Play and Support Service (PASS) and Action4BD3 to deliver the project.

The team from Fruit Works and volunteers from Bradford PASS and Action4BD3 handed out one hundred apple, cherry, pear, and plum trees to residents, with families with smaller gardens given blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes over the weekend.

Residents were given apple, plum, cherry, and pear trees as well as blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes.

Volunteers also supplied soil, dug holes, and supplied plant pots to residents who needed them.

Ushman Shabir, a director at Bradford Moor PASS, said: “Better Place asked us to support some fruit trees and bushes being delivered to our community, in partnership with Fruit Works. We agreed to help and so we went around to ask residents whether they wanted us to plant trees or bushes.

“The aim is to get the area looking good. It may take six months to a year for the trees to come out and fruit, but we set it up for the long-term potential. It is going to help people who walk around and drive around the community where they can see all the lovely trees.

“We are really lucky to have gone out and done some positive work in partnership with the council and Fruit Works.”

Mohammed Thair, the co-head volunteer of the hyper-local community group, Action4BD3, helped deliver and plant the trees to the community. He said: “We’ve planted one hundred trees so far; we are hoping to plant more if there is funding available for more gardens.

Fruit Works and volunteers from Bradford Moor PASS and Action4BD3 delivered the trees.

“It is important that local people can plant trees like this as it is part of the greenery – they will help reduce pollution in the area and make the area look brighter.”

Gini Morandi, the co-founder of Fruit Works, added: “It is really rewarding to see something that we launched not that long ago has taken off.

“I hope that our work will make a small positive difference and help to improve urban spaces and to make food growing easier in cities.”

“There are lots of benefits to growing your own fruit. Growing fruit is a good entry point to growing your own food in general. Fruit trees are easy to plant and keep and they produce fruit every year.

“Fruit trees can be planted in a lot of different spaces. You do not need a massive garden to grow your own fruit. Fruit trees can grow in small gardens or even pots. It is also a way of bringing communities together. The idea that people will plant the trees and bushes in their front gardens and share with their neighbours.”

Residents were given plant pots to house the trees if their garden wasn’t suitable to dig in.

Commenting on the fruit tree planting, Adele Adams, Better Start Bradford’s Better Place Project Manager, said:  “The Better Place project is delighted to have been involved in this local initiative that supported the planting of over two hundred apple, pear and cherry trees and bushes around Attock Park, Burlington Avenue and Parkside as part of the second Better Place Festival of Trees in the local area.

“Residents will care for the trees and harvest and use the fruit with their families and neighbours.”

“It was lovely to work with Bradford Moor PASS who were instrumental in getting the community on board by encouraging households to sign up for a tree and supporting with planting on the day and with Fruit Works who organised the supply and delivery of the trees to site from their nursery orchard and helped families to plant in the best place in their front gardens.

“The aim of being involved in local projects like this is to help to improve air quality for our communities as trees absorb carbon dioxide and trap dangerous small particles that pollute our air.

“Mitigating air pollution can have massive beneficial effects for our little ones. Even in the short term, the trees will have a wonderful impact on the area with beautiful blossom in the spring, a summer green canopy, fruit and leaf colour in the autumn and lovely bark exposed in the winter.”

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