Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Debenham: Aim to create largest community orchard in Suffolk

06:00 22 January 2014

The largest community orchard in Suffolk could be created in Debenham

The largest community orchard in Suffolk could be created in Debenham

(c) copyright citizenside.com

A group which is attempting to create the largest community orchard in Suffolk wants people to get involved with the project and plant trees.

The Debenham Woodland and Waterways Group aims to put more than 250 trees in the ground over the next few years.

So far less than nine trees have been added to the soil at the four-and-a-half acre site off Aspall Road, near the centre of the village. But around 30 are to be planted by volunteers next month.

An earlier group project saw a woodland and lake created called The Hoppit Woodland & Lake in the village.

Kevin Voller, treasurer for the group, said: “If we continue with the planting I’m confident it will be as big as is planned. This was a project that started about 10 years ago but we are now looking to create a traditional Suffolk orchard. We have a core team of 10 volunteers but we call on the community at different times – the Scouts, Guides and primary school – to help with the tree planting.”

Another member of the group, Richard Sharp, said he wanted to see a number of different fruit trees in the orchard.

He said: “It would be nice to have a wide variety of traditional and rare Suffolk varieties of mid Suffolk.”

The trees are being supplied by the Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group, which has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the work.

Its chairman Paul Read said the largest community orchard currently was in Stradbroke and consisted of around 60 trees.

“We will certainly help them to do it and help to provide the right sort of trees,” he said.

Suffolk County Council leased the parish council the land for the project to take place.

To find out more about the project and the planting day, on February 1 between 10am-4pm, contact debenham.woodland@btopenworld.com 
The group will be meeting at Hoppits Lake and refreshments will be provided. To visit the group’s website go to www.thehoppit.btck.co.uk. More than 3,000 trees were planted to create the woodland area.

0 comments

UK Power Networks at work in Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe (stock image). Picture: James Fletcher

Extra electricians will be on hand tomorrow in case strong winds cause damage to the region’s power system.

The Orwell Bridge is likely to close on February 23 because of high winds caused by Storm Doris. Picture: MICK WEBB

The Orwell Bridge is likely to be shut tomorrow as winds of up to 70mph batter parts of Suffolk and north Essex.

Thousands of motorists were affected by the rush hour closure of the Orwell Bridge in November 2016

Motorists could be facing travel chaos in and around Ipswich tomorrow as high winds threaten to close part of the A14.

Rubbish found at Church Lane in Sproughton

A 36-year-old man from Ipswich has been prosecuted for fly-tipping just outside the town during 2016.

Storm clouds are gathering over Suffolk as Storm Doris approaches, with an amber weather warning issued for Thursday, February 23. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

A storm is set to hit Suffolk and north Essex tomorrow – the not-quite-so-terrifyingly-named Storm Doris.

Library image: Getty Images/TongRo Image Stock RF

A serious case review has highlighted the need for social workers to receive more support when assessing risk in troubled families, following the death of a 17-month-old boy.

Ipswich campaigners mark One Day Without Us at La Tour Cycle Cafe. Picture: contributed

Diners gathered in Ipswich for a communal meal of international delicacies as part of a day of action to celebrate the contribution migrants make to the town.

Dean Stansby with son Jack. Picture: Brendan Taylor at Taylor Made Portraits

Police investigating the fatal stabbing of Dean Stansby in Ipswich earlier this month have today arrested a fourth person in connection with his death.

Piper's Vale Community Primary School, Ipswich.

The east London academy trust which runs Ipswich Academy is set to take over another under-performing primary school in the Nacton area of Ipswich.

Corrie McKeague on CCTV outside The Grapes pub in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Corrie McKeague have been handed a huge amount of Facebook data to examine by private investigators.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24