A recycling scheme in Ilfracombe is bearing fruit for the needy in Africa. The people of North Devon have been urged to support Community Resources Devon by collecting aluminium drinks cans and foil at Hele Business Park - which in turn will help to plant

A recycling scheme in Ilfracombe is bearing fruit for the needy in Africa.The people of North Devon have been urged to support Community Resources Devon by collecting aluminium drinks cans and foil at Hele Business Park - which in turn will help to plant fruit trees in Malawi.On Thursday the not-for-profit company launched its participation with the Recycle for Africa campaign run by Alupro, part of the British-based Ripple Africa charity.The community enterprise has proved successful and provides a range of constructive recycling and other activities for people with learning difficulties.North Devon Council is backing the scheme and for every tonne of aluminium recycled the charity will plant a fruit tree - such as orange, lemon, mango and guava - in the African country.The programme will also pay for the management of the planting projects, ensuring the trees mature and become a basis for small rural businesses in Malawi.Local businesses and organisations, including Ilfracombe Junior School, have teamed up with Community Resources Devon to support its recycling work.North Devon district and county councillor Rodney Cann said the work carried out by the Hele community company was excellent, and he hoped more businesses and organisations would join them to help two very worthy causes.Any North Devon businesses that want to set up can and foil recycling are welcome to contact Community Resources Devon on (01271) 855510. Find out more about the Recycle for Africa project at www.alupro.org.uk