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Caen Hill community orchard

Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we've been able to plant a community orchard along the Kennet & Avon Canal.

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The orchard will greatly benefit the local wildlife and create a wonderful haven for local people to take time out of their busy lives to unwind in peaceful surroundings.

The site on the Kennet & Avon Canal is one of 60 Diamond Jubilee Woods planted around the country to mark the Queen’s six decades as Monarch. With funding provided by the forestry commission and our supporters, this project has created an area rich in wildlife that our children and their children will be able to visit.

Trees planted include hazel, cherries and rowan. There are also verges planted with wild flower seed mixes to attract bees and butterflies and the some of the wood will even be used to help with canal maintenance. Some of the hazel trees will being cut down every seven years and used to stabilise the canal banks.

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Claire Perry MP who planted the final tree said: “The Diamond Jubilee was such a wonderful event that brought the whole country together in paying tribute to a remarkable Queen and I am honoured to take part in this great project to commemorate her sixty year reign.

I am a great lover of our countryside in Wiltshire and this new woodland will be a wonderful addition to Caen Hillside to be enjoyed by the public for many years to come.”