Smart ap­ples lead fruit re­nais­sance

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TWO years ago a group had a vi­sion to cre­ate an or­chard in their lo­cal park al­low­ing peo­ple to pick fruit for free.

Dou­glas Sil­ver­stone headed up the team in Che­sham and, in 2013, they planted their first or­chard.

There are now 36 trees in Lown­des Park and, thanks to the suc­cess of the scheme, seven more at the open air swimming pool.

Mr Sil­ver­stone said: “Peo­ple are re­ally sup­port­ive of the or­chard.

“Busi­nesses like Waitrose and Chiltern Rail­ways got in­volved and spon­sored trees. It has a re­ally good mo­men­tum.”

Peo­ple have been of­fered the chance to spon­sor a tree to al­low the group to plant more.

The fruit is mostly ap­ples, but there have also been some plum trees.

One spon­sor Diana Shorey was given a tree of sen­ti­men­tal value.

The group made sure it was an Arthur Turner Ap­ple as she re­mem­bered it was in her dad’s back gar­den in Che­sham when she was young.

“That was a nice link,” said Dou­glas.

“She was re­ally pleased it was the same va­ri­ety that she re­mem­bered.”

Now all the trees are planted, the idea is to main­tain them as a

Os­car Sil­ver­stone finds a fun way to eat an or­chard fruit dur­ing one of last year’s ap­ple days com­mu­nity and get we will get to­gether now peo­ple pick­ing. we have 43 trees to look

Dou­glas said: “There after. were some ap­ples last “There’s the year, but it was the first main­te­nance and year so we had to wait a prun­ing.” bit for a full crop. The group holds ap­ple

“We hope to start days in Oc­to­ber and get­ting some ap­ples this pic­nics in the sum­mer year. and peo­ple are free to

“We are not plan­ning pick fruit when it is time any more plant­ing, but to har­vest.

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CORE BLIMEY:

COME­BACK: Che­sham in Bloom rep­re­sen­ta­tives with Bri­tain in Bloom judges at the com­mu­nity or­chard in Lown­des Park

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