Grant gives kids orchard

A primary school has its own orchard thanks to a green initiative.

Eight fruit trees were planted at Castle View Primary School, in School Road, Matlock, as part of a joint project between Little Green Space and Transition Matlock.

Richard and Penny Bunting from Little Green Space joined teacher Caroline Jones and the school’s gardening club to plant the trees.

Richard said: “Studies show that access to green spaces and outdoor learning is hugely beneficial for children, so it’s fantastic to help create sustainable living and wildlife-friendly areas for the school.”

The trees were bought thanks to a Greenwatch Action Grant from Derbyshire County Council.

Youngsters from the school will also be visiting Garden Farm at High Leas on Tuesday.

The organic farm specialises in breeding pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry.

The farm will provide the children with fertilised chicken eggs and an incubator, so they will have a chance to see the chicks hatching in Spring.