PEOPLE living on the Moreton Hall estate will be able to enjoy the benefits of picking and eating fresh apples in years to come.
Earlier this month, a traditional apple orchard was planted at Pond Covert, in Sebert Road, by the community group Woodlands Ways.
Nick Sibbett, chairman of Woodland Ways, said ”From September/October 2015 or thereabouts, the fruit crop should be abundant. We will all be able to do our fruit shopping free of charge. Why buy standard commercial varieties from our supermarkets when you can pick your own local apples from our own orchard?”
Among the trees planted were 10 of the St Edmund’s Russet variety. Mr Sibbett said the dessert apple, first recorded in Bury St Edmunds in 1845, was particularly resistant to scab, mildew and canker and as such would not need chemical sprays.
A couple of Lord Stradbroke’s cooking apple trees were also planted, to help with cross-pollination.
“Woodland Ways is very pleased that these special trees remain available – there was an orchard in Moreton Hall from around 1900 until the 1960s, so its good we can bring an important habitat back to the area”, said Mr Sibbett.
“As the orchard matures, its historical varieties and increasing wildlife will give us a glimpse of a once-common land use,” he added.