VOLUNTEERS are needed to help transform former agricultural land into a community orchard.
The project is part of a successful fundraising campaign to improve land at Lowerhouses known historically as Hey Green and develop it as a community wildlife site.
The site became redundant as grazing pasture and was set aside for Kirklees Council to be used by the community.
Volunteers have been working hard since late last year to transform the land into an orchard, complete, with old English apple trees, plums, pears and berry bushes.
Pupils at Newsome High School helped come up with ideas for the site, including the community orchard, outdoor events and a woodland wildlife spot.
There are also plans for a rock garden, which will tie in with the project to restore heathland to the area.
Work has started to improve the land for public use and encourage a wildlife habitat.
There has also been a series of community events, including a harvesting and survival activity day and a community tree-planting event.
The next phase of the project takes place this Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to cut back the undergrowth to make way for the orchard’s trees.
There will be other activity days until May, including a bilberry planting session on April 9 and the clearing of a circular route through the site.
For more details ring the Environmental Alliance on 01484 533422.