Smart apples lead fruit renaissance
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.
COMEBACK: Chesham in Bloom representatives with Britain in Bloom judges at the community orchard in Lowndes Park