Plant for the planet

AN organisation set up to help communities achieve environmental change is encouraging people to get outside and get involved.

One Planet Matters is holding  events in South Gloucestershire, including Kingswood and Hanham.

The organisation is a non-profit community interest company, set up three years ago to help creating environmental and social change.

It is instrumental in setting up and supporting local community groups who plant and then maintain community orchards, helping to improve local biodiversity.

One Planet Matters director Kevin Thomas said: “The Community Orchard Programme brings people together, providing outside healthy activities which benefit not only the individual but also the wider community and of course the environment.”

So far schemes supported by One Planet Matters have planted 1,350 fruit trees and 2,000 wildflower plugs.

The organisation has also set up the Growing Communities Network, bringing together community growing schemes, allotment holders and orchards via an app to distribute produce to community food clubs, kitchens, and fridges as well as food banks. 

One Planet Matters is organising community activity days in February, including orchard maintenance, planting and habitat development in Hanham on February 18,  and Court Road, Kingswood, on February 26. 

The organisation is encouraging anyone who lives in one of the areas mentioned and wants to get involved to email or call 07378 323380.