Volunteers helped plant hundreds of trees to create an ‘edible hedge’ around a community centre in Wellingborough.
Glamis Hall was given a pack of 420 trees by the Woodland Trust to plant around the site on the Queensway estate.
A team of 22 volunteers dug deep on Saturday (December 19) to get the saplings, including hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose and elder, planted.
Heather Saunders from Glamis Hall said: “In a few years we hope to be able to show people how to make their own sloe gin, crab apple jelly, elderflower cordial or wine and rose syrup.
“We’ll also be able to collect hazelnuts.
“Once again the weather was kind to us, it was warm for December and the rain stayed away.”
Volunteers included county councillor Liz Coombes, PCSO Chris Burrows, who is based at Glamis Hall as part of the Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods Partnership and who brought two police cadets with him, Nikki Glazebrook from Support Northamptonshire and Dave Jobling from the Woodland Trust who showed them the best way to plant the trees.
Trustees and volunteers from the hall’s VIP Club also went along and helped with a Friends of Croyland Gardens (FoCG) volunteer.
FoCG also loaned some of its equipment for the day and some new volunteers from the community also got involved.
Lloyd Sumar, the VIP Club’s chef, played his part by making some locally sourced vegetable soup and home-made bread for lunch for everyone.
Mrs Saunders said they will be applying for more trees in the spring and hope to hold another planting day in the future.
There has been further support for Glamis Hall in recent weeks after a group of friends had an idea for some fundraising for Welli Bus and Glamis Hall.
They thought the Christmas tree in the town centre was quite bare and wanted to spruce it up and raise some money at the same time so they asked people to go along to the Tithe Barn and buy a bauble for the tree for 50p.
A total of £100 was raised and they wanted the money to be split between Welli Bus and Glamis Hall.
Graham Campbell from Glamis Hall said: “We can’t thank them enough to be considered for this donation, such a nice thought.”
The money will be presented at the All Hallows choir service at 5.45pm on Wednesday, December 23.
For more information about Glamis Hall and the services it offers, go to www.glamishall.org.uk.