Apples, plums and pears: Hartlepool estate to get its own orchard

Pictured left to right: Councillor Marjorie James, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher and Councillor Allan Barclay are pictured with Garry Jones, Len Young and Mick Hoggart from Hartlepool Borough Council.
Pictured left to right: Councillor Marjorie James, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher and Councillor Allan Barclay are pictured with Garry Jones, Len Young and Mick Hoggart from Hartlepool Borough Council.
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A community orchard is set to enhance a Hartlepool estate.

The orchard - which includes a number of apple, plum and pear trees - will be situated on land to the west of Masefield Road in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, which is within the Manor House ward.

The project has been spearheaded by the three Manor House ward councillors, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Councillor Marjorie James and Councillor Allan Barclay – in partnership with the Rift House Community Action Team (CAT), which is a local residents’ group.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee also pledged its support to the scheme.

Coun Marjorie James, chair of the Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “The orchard is a real community effort and complements the meadowing and wild flower planting scheme that has been carried out nearby.”

Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher added: “The community orchard will enhance the area and play its part in green spaces being used by the community.

“The orchard will provide a great focal point for the local community to learn about and participate in looking after and nurturing the local environment.

“It will also help us to promote healthier lifestyles by providing fresh fruit for use within the local community.”

Funding to create the orchard was secured through a legal agreement with the developer of a housing scheme in Eskdale Road on the estate.