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Urban orchards come to fruition
Orchard Cardiff participants
Thirty people attended a training day at Forest Farm, Whitchurch

Community groups from across Cardiff will be planting their own fruit trees in December as part of an initiative to encourage sustainability.

The Orchard Cardiff project is organised by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Cardiff Transition project.

Groups have already taken part in a training day at Forest Farm, Whitchurch to learn more about urban orchards.

Planting will take place on 4 and 5 December.

Community gardening and urban food growing is increasing in popularity as people find out more about climate change, the decrease in fossil fuels and the importance of 'food miles'.

The United Nations Climate Change conference in December is also placing environmental issues firmly at the forefront of peoples' minds.

Organisers say community gardens are a great way of bringing the whole community together to get involved in a fun project, keep fit and, of course, eat the produce they grow.

Thirty eight community groups and schools will participate in the planting weekend, planting around 50 trees. The weekend kicks off on Friday 4 December when schools will plant their trees.

Aisling Judge
Tutor Aisling Judge provides some practical tips on tree planting

The main planting event takes place on Saturday 5 December and coincides with the BBC's Breathing Places 'Tree O'Clock' campaign.

Groups will assemble at the Riverside Community Garden, on Pontcanna Fields allotments at 10am. To celebrate 'international tree dressing day' activities and events will run alongside the planting.

Katie Jones from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens says that the Orchard Cardiff project encourages communities to work together to do something positive and practical about climate change.

She adds: "It is also providing people with the skills and knowledge to be able to plant and maintain their fruit trees, as well as enhancing biodiversity across the city as Cardiff 'turns from grey to green' and becomes literally one orchard spread out across the city."

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