STRAWBERRIES, gooseberries and rhubarb will be among soft fruits being harvested by residents this summer.

A new fruit bed has been planted at Crosstown Community Orchard in Knutsford.

Last year, volunteers prepared the bed which was treated with manure to create a fertile plot in a sunny spot.

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Now, it hosts strawberry, blueberry, currant, gooseberry and raspberry plants, alongside Jostaberry, a blackcurrant/gooseberry hybrid, rhubarb and, shortly, grape.

An assortment of varieties were planted, which in time will give visitors a chance to sample the different flavour profiles of the fruits.

Around a dozen volunteers turned out on Sunday to weed the bed and plant the fruits in just over an hour.

Knutsford Guardian: The community orchard is hosting the Coronation Big Help Out on Monday, May 8The community orchard is hosting the Coronation Big Help Out on Monday, May 8 (Image: Adam Keppel-Green)

Afterwards they enjoyed a cup of tea and some homemade lemon and ginger biscuits.

Adam Keppel-Green, chairman of Crosstown Community Orchard, said: “Our thanks to the volunteers who turned out, once again proving that many hands make light work.

“We look forward to literally enjoying the fruits of our labour later this year.”

A volunteer work session is held in the orchard on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 12 noon.

The next one takes place on Sunday, May 28 where the top jobs will be weeding the trees and cleaning the benches.

The orchard will be hosting 2nd Knutsford Scouts for the Coronation Big Help Out on Monday, May 8.