Dame Judi Dench plants tree for new community orchard at The Countryside Restoration Trust in Cambridgeshire
Dame Judi Dench helped to plant the first trees for a new community orchard at The Countryside Restoration Trust today (Wednesday, November 27).
Dame Judi, who is patron of the trust, joined partner and trustee David Mills and chairman Robin Page at Lark Rise Farm in Barton.
The tree planting took place in National Tree Week, which runs until December 1 and marks the start of the winter tree planting season.
The Countryside Restoration Trust was established in 1993 by Mr Page and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield.
It initially aimed to purchase land which had been intensively farmed, in order to restore it to a living countryside.
But as the trust has grown its aims have broadened to encompass purchasing farmland and woodland where traditional farming methods, wildlife habitat and biodiversity are under threat.
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