A small piece of derelict land at Derbyshire County Council's headquarters in Matlock has been transformed into a community orchard.
Some 30 volunteers from the community and members of Matlock's Well Field Allotment Society gathered to plant fruit trees at the site, next to the car park at County Hall offices, on 9 April 2016.
The initiative was organised by Dave Goodridge, Chair of Well Field Allotment Society, who sourced a wide variety of fruit trees for the orchard – including Derbyshire heritage apple Beeley Pippin, which was raised in 1880 by Rev C Sculthorpe in Beeley village.
“I'd like to thank everyone who turned out to help plant this fantastic new orchard, and Councillor Andy Botham, who made this possible by a generous grant of £930 from his Community Leadership Fund. We're also delighted that Derbyshire County Council has allowed us to put this land to such positive use,” said Dave.