In a bid to save a derelict orchard in Manchester, pop star, Peter Andre, and Bulmers, the cider brewery, have teamed up. Bulmers and The Orchard Project have been in partnership for five years now. The Orchard Project are a charity whose purpose is to recover and rebuild unloved orchards in the UK. Andre joined them to take part in a day long restoration project, along with 35 volunteers. Together they planted trees, restored signs, salvaged paths and got stuck into the weeding from the site in Manchester’s Platt Fields Park.
Andre said of the experience “It’s amazing to think that hidden within hundreds of urban communities are orchards similar to this, where people can come together and benefit from a bit of fresh air! It’s taken a lot of hard work, dedication and free time from some amazing volunteers alongside a little expert know-how, to provide the local residents with a truly beautiful and environmentally friendly community hub. And by their very nature, orchards grow apples – which can be eaten, made into juice and, of course, cider!”
Senior brand manager for Bulmers, Eva Stensland, added: “Our partnership with The Orchard Project allows us to share our passion for orcharding with thousands of people and give them the ability to access green spaces, which are on often on their doorstep.”
Kath Rosen, CEO of The Orchard Project, said: “We hope that through our partnership with Bulmers, we’ll continue to highlight the importance of orchards as community spaces and inspire more people to get outdoors and discover an orchard near them! I’m really proud that this Manchester community now has its very own oasis where people can host community events, chill in the peace and quiet of the surroundings, manage their own sustainable food source, and learn more about the wildlife that thrives in places like these.”