Community helps Leeds orchard win prize

JOY: Alan Thornton, left, Irene Wilmot, Julia Say, Linda Fallon and Kim Birch celebrate in the orchard.
JOY: Alan Thornton, left, Irene Wilmot, Julia Say, Linda Fallon and Kim Birch celebrate in the orchard.
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Killingbeck community orchard on the Sutton estate in East Leeds has scooped a £500 prize after it was named one of the best community orchards in the UK.

The project was awarded third prize in the Helping Britain Blossom Community Orchard Awards. Judges praised the team behind it for being a great example of a well-engaged, energetic local community orchard, with ongoing plans and ambitions.

The orchard is maintained by Killingbeck Community Project and the gardening club run by local charity Hyde Park Source, plus volunteers from local businesses. The orchard was created by the community in 2015 on an unused corner of the estate.

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