A COMMUNITY orchard filled with fruit trees is to grow around
Irlam Fire Station after a day of planting by firefighters,
families and children.
In time, apples, pears, plums cherries and damsons will grow
around the station after Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) crew and staff were joined by local people at a day of
planting on Thursday, February 20.
Working in partnership with Red Rose Forest and Salford City
Council, 13 fruit trees were planted by local children and
firefighters in front of Irlam Fire Station and the land adjacent
to it, in front of the firefighters houses on Winskill Road.
Firefighter Dave Pike said: "Irlam is a Community Fire Station
and we thought what better way to improve the landscape around the
station than to make it a community orchard?
"It's one of the innovative ways that we are adapting the
service we provide to the risk posed by climate change.
"We are also growing a green wall at the front of the station -
we are constantly looking at ways to make our fire station more
sustainable and environmentally friendly, so by working with Red
Rose Forest we hope the orchard will not only do that but also
provide a community resource that will improve the look of the
Hilary Wood, Green Streets Manager at Red Rose Forest said: ""A
community orchard isn't just a place to grow fruit, although that's
one of the huge joys of it. These fruit trees will add to others
planted locally and help provide special places for people and
As well as getting involved in the tree planting, there will be
future opportunities for local people to find out how to prune and
look after the trees so they will really be able to enjoy the
orchard for years to come."