Ilkley Fire Station Community Orchard

by Ilkley Fire Station in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Ilkley Fire Station Community Orchard
We did it
On 19th July 2023 we successfully raised £1,565 ( + est. £111.25 Gift Aid ) with 24 supporters in 56 days

Ilkley Fire Station is fundraising to raise funds to plant a community orchard within its grounds.

by Ilkley Fire Station in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We are so grateful to how well this project has been received by the local community and the generous support already given.  

We never thought we'd reach our initial fundraising target so quickly so a massive thankyou to everyone!

We're going to keep the crowdfunding page open for a little while longer and have set a stretch target. Any other funds received will go towards an information board about the orchard which will include information about the trees planted, maintenance days and any up coming events held at the orchard. 

1684446498_ifsco_(2).jpgWorking with local charities, schools and businesses the hope is that the orchard will become a real community asset where people can learn more about how trees and nature can benefit the environment. They will be able to help themselves to the fruit or receive gifted fruit as well as learn more about West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the important work we do around making West Yorkshire Safer.

The orchard will consist of 20 semi dwarf fruit trees, a mix of apple, pear and plum. The local garden centre Moss and Moor has been incredibly helpful in advising on the best types of tree that would be best suited to the northern climate as well helping to procure the trees. Climate Action Ilkley who already have two other community orchards have been helping ensure that the orchard is maintained on a long-term basis by using their trained volunteers to oversee a pruning and maintenance programme.

People can donate any amount or sponsor a tree for £75, which will include a small plaque at the base of the tree to acknowledge its funder.

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