Blades stars help children plant a greener future

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BLADES stars joined youngsters from a Sheffield children’s centre to plant a new orchard and sensory trees within the facility’s grounds.

Sheffield United players Johannes Ertl and Jean Calvé visited Chancet Wood Children’s Centre and Chancet Wood Residential Respite Home for children with disabilities to help with the gardening project.

It has been developed by Sheffield Council’s community foresters with international charity Trees for Cities.

The idea is to provide therapeutic benefits for residents through outdoor spaces.

The orchard and garden will be integrated into the centre’s current activities, which include outdoor sessions and cooking activities.

The sensory trees and shrubs in the new garden – in varieties like magnolia heaven scent and red-barked Tibetan cherry – will engage users’ senses of sight and smell and the orchard will provide fruit to encourage children’s healthy eating.

Austrian international Ertl said: “I’m really pleased to help plant these trees and provide better surroundings for what is a fantastic children’s centre.”