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Volunteers from Where Next raise vital cash for community group
8:30am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS from Where Next Association have raised more than £150 for the Headless Cross Community Orchard.
The charity, which provides work experience and training for people with learning disabilities, raised the cash by selling Doddin apple trees - which up until a few years ago were close to vanishing.
The apple trees, native to Redditch, have been lovingly brought back from the brink thanks to fruit enthusiasts from the orchard group.
There are now more than 200 trees including ones at community orchards in Headless Cross and at Forge Mill Museum.
Last winter Where Next Nurseries, on Easemore Road, was given the opportunity to sell Doddin trees to the public.
Nick Houghton, from Where Next said: "Fruit trees have never been a popular purchase for our customers.
“So when the first dozen Doddins were delivered last year we thought, how on earth are we going to sell these.
“A year later, with customers already reserving trees for this winter, we just hope there's enough Doddins to please everyone.”
He added: “It's great that local gardeners have taken this local diminutive fruit to heart."
Doddin trees, grown organically and available in pots, will be at Where Next from late November, ready for planting, to suit any size garden.
For more information, visit where-next.org.
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