Schoolkids muck in as small orchard in Caw gets new life

A small orchard in the Caw/Nelson Drive area of the city has been given new life thanks to the joint efforts of the Housing Executive, the local community group and school children.

The Caw/Nelson Drive Action Group and the Housing Executive’s grounds team have been working together to create a space for residents to enjoy and relax on the estate.

They recently enlisted the help of school children from Ebrington, Lisnagelvin and Oakgrove Primary Schools to help with planting.

The Housing Executive has invested more than £3,500 to create a herb and fruit garden on the estate.

In addition to the eight apple trees and shrubs which were already on the site, it has been transformed to create a relaxing community area packed with a wide variety of herbs and fruit.

These include red and blackcurrants, gooseberry bushes, thyme, sage and rosemary.

The new herb garden will be known as the Marie Curie Herb Garden after it was agreed that the former Marie Curie daffodil garden would be incorporated into the project.

Informal hebes will also be planted to attract bees and butterflies and a lavender walkway with surrounding pergola will be created.

Stephen Proctor, Housing Executive Grounds Supervisor, said: “Together with the local Housing Executive neighbourhood officer Roslyn Colhoun and strong support from Linda Watson from Caw/Nelson Drive community group we have transformed the area into a more usable space for the local community to enjoy.”

The garden will be used as an educational tool in the future .