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Hillside Primary benefits from fruitshare initiative

The scheme provides fruit trees to schools across the country.

Giving their trees the best start are from left to right: Hillside gardener Bill Bass, nursery nurse Christine Wood, Katy Stansfield and her daughter Megan Cooper.

Children at Hillside Primary School, Newsome, have benefited from a scheme promoted by television personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The fruitshare initiative, which provides fruit trees to schools across the country, was featured on the Channel 4 programme River Cottage to the Core.

Eagle-eyed nursery nurse, Christine Wood, was watching the programme and applied on behalf of Hillside.

The school received a pack of four fruit trees - two varieties of apple, one pear and one plum.

The apples, Ashmead’s Kernel and Keswick Codlin, are very old varieties, dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The trees were planted in the grounds of Hillside’s Foundation Stage unit. Parents of the nursery children were invited to join in with the planting of the final tree. The children plan to write and thank Hugh and send him photographs of the event.

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