Two WI ladies planting a tree in Knutsford

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Two new trees were added to the Crosstown Community Orchard last week to commemorate the centenary of the Cheshire Federation of the Women’s Institute.

The Cheshire Federation of the WI was formed in 1920 and celebrated its 100-year birthday in 2020 encouraging the Cheshire WI groups to plant trees in their local community, but due to the pandemic celebrations were curtailed.

Cross Town WI President June Sherliker said “Crosstown WI was pleased to celebrate the centenary of the Cheshire Federation of WIs by donating two trees to the new Crosstown Community Orchard”

The Crosstown Community Orchard was planted in February 2021 and features 38 fruit trees alongside wild harvest crops such as crab apple and hazelnut. Now, with thanks to the Cross Town WI, the orchard has two new trees – a Sweet Chestnut and Common Walnut. 

Chairman of the Crosstown Community Orchard, Adam Keppel-Green said “One of our aims in creating the orchard was for it to be a hub for the local community so we were delighted when the Cross Town WI wanted to forge a link and plant two trees to celebrate their centenary.

The orchard is located on Mobberley Road and is open to the public as a rest park 24/7. On January 15th 2022 the Crosstown Community Orchard will be hosting its first Wassail event – featuring music, Morris dancing and cider!

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