Locals battle to save Mossley community orchard
Tuesday 4th April 2017 15:36 Community Mossley & Saddleworth News Posted by Adam Higgins

An auction for the much loved community orchard at Greave Street and Cross Street in Mossley is being contested by local campaigners.

The orchard is to go up for auction in three weeks, on April 25, and almost 800 opposing signatures from the community have already been signed.

The orchard was created in 2015 when eight fruit trees were provided by Tameside Council with a grant from the District Assembly.

The Digging Tameside initiative funded a further nine more in 2016, these and hundreds of daffodils were planted last March by over fifty volunteers from local community groups.

A lot of work from the community has gone into this project with members from Operation Farm, Abundance Tameside, Incredible Edible Mossley, Mossley Makes and First Mossley Scouts all pitching in to create a beautiful shared space.

Community clean-up: Children lending a hand to help spruce up the orchard in Mossley

Only three weeks ago, further funds from Cllr Frank Travis paid for a further 12 soft fruit bushes to create an edible hedge. Here, another 21 volunteers turned out to help plant and weed the space.

Rob Muir, a campaigner from Mossley, has spoken out on the matter.

He said: “This orchard is a well used and much loved resource for local people. We urge the council to reconsider their decision to sell off this land and to officially list it as the community asset we all know it as.”

Campaigners hope Tameside Council will reconsider the sale and are asking for supporters to sign their petition, which can be found by clicking here.

Here are two of the comments posted on Facebook from people who have been left angered by the decision:

 

The Reporter has contacted Tameside Council for a comment in response.

 

By Zoe Wright