The Our School Orchard project has been highly commended at the North Devon Business Awards 2019. Judges from organisers Reach and Devon Live were greatly impressed with the education and environmental initiative for young people in North Devon.
Our School Orchard is a joint project between cardboard box makers Atlas Packaging and Orchards Live. The corrugated packaging firm entered the project into the awards as ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility’ scheme. Atlas Managing Director Jason Sharman said:
“It was a shame not to win the award but to be highly commended in the first year of the project is still a wonderful achievement. Above all we’re helping to teach young people about the seasonality of food and the importance of planting trees.”
Children from five schools took part in the first round of planting in the early spring of 2019 with the next schools taking part in December 2019.