Joybells on National Apple Day
THIS WEEKEND, a new fruit tree has appeared at Lion Green Orchard, a Joybells, first raised by Will Tayler at Godalming, Surrey. Records show that trees were grafted in about 1914. It received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1922. Fruits are crisp and juicy with a sweet and pleasant flavour.
This tree was donated by COPSE Community Orchard Project South East as part of its lottery funded Jubilee Community Connections Orchard Planting Project. Special thanks to Haslemere Town Council for permissions and protective fencing and to Clive, Chair of TRANSITION HASLEMERE for his help planting the tree.
Orchards in the News on BBC - plus Farncombe Community Garden Orchard is 'just what the doctor ordered'!
On Tuesday 11th October the BBC put Orchards in the News, with a lovely piece on Community Orchards in general, using National Trust’s Swan Barn as a case study (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-63160292).
The following day we planted an Orchard at Farncombe Community Garden, the first of our Jubilee Community Autumn Orchards, in memory of Queen Elizabeth. A team of 10 eager gardeners put spades in the ground to commence the Garden creation, planting six Heritage pear and apple trees, The Garden is being developed by a team which includes Binscombe Medical Centre (Farncombe Community Garden | binscombe), for well-being. It should be 'just what the doctor ordered' with the benefits it will bring, open to both patients and the wider local community!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.