As part of the Council’s work on climate Emergency, Sheringham Town Council has agreed to plant a Community Orchard at the Weybourne road allotments site on the Kitchen Garden area.  30 heritage fruit trees have been gifted from Orchards East to start the Community Orchard off. The idea is to plant interesting heritage varieties…which are also reliable croppers, varied and very tasty.  This should mean the orchard is popular and well looked after.The trees are 2 years old in the region of 1.5 to 2m tall and are well established. As heritage trees they also have significance in preserving traditional English varieties as well as contribute  to planting trees in the climate emergency.

As a Community Orchard the Council hopes this will be a project which will bring together the whole community across all generations and have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community. It is also an important way we can teach the younger generations about where our food comes from the idea of farm-fork and generate an interest in growing their own food and developing the positive health and well-being impacts that this can have.

As a first event for the orchard there will be a Planting Day on the Saturday 14th March where by the Council would like to see as many people, of all ages,  from the across community come along to join in the planting and take part in family activities. The day starts at 10 and will finish when planting is done.

If you have spades bring them along, wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions and we will provide drinks and biscuits to fuel your work and fun.

Sheringham Community Orchard will have the following trees planted on the 14th March

Apples

Blenheim Orange – old orchard favourite. Culinary from September, can be stored as a dessert apple for later in winter

2 Bramley Original – extremely well known extremely reliable culinary apple

Egremont Russet – dates from sometime before 1883 (when it is first recorded) and of unknown origins! One of my favourites. Dessert

James Grieve – from Edinburgh in 1893. Multi use strong cropping variety, I think best as a dessert apple

King’s Acre Pippin – a Sturmer Pippin/Ribston Pippin cross from 1899. Exceptionally juicy

Lady Henniker – another dual use apple arising in deep dark rural Suffolk sometime from 1840-1850. Very popular in Victorian/Edwardian times.

Laxton’s Superb – from Laxton’s Bros of Bedford in 1897. Very popular heritage variety, strong cropper, sweet and fine textured

Ribston Pippin – a Yorkshire variety dating from 1707. Highly esteemed in Victorian times name “the King of English Dessert Apples”!

St Edmund’s Russet – another Suffolk apple from Bury St Edmunds in 1870. Dessert apple lovely straight from the tree when ripe

Worcester Pearmain – quite common red dessert apple from before 1872. Popular because delicious and reliable cropper

Peasgood Nonsuch – large culinary apple which when cooked makes a lovely puree…also good for pies etc. From Lincs 1858

Pears

2Concorde – fairly recent combining the best of two 19th century varieties – sweet juicy reliable cropper

2 Conference – owes its name to having won first prize at the National British Pear Conference 1885

Humbug – a mid to late season sweet juicy cooking pear

Williams Bon Chretien – early season sweet juicy yellow non-gritty fruits

Plums/gages

2 Purple Pershore – originates from 1877, early cropper, best for jam and stewing, heavy crops

2 Marjorie’s Seedling – heavy crops of purple plums to harvest from late September through October

Cambridge Gage – classic English greengage crops towards the end of August, use as dessert or culinary

Coes Golden Drop – traditional English yellow plum, use as dessert of culinary

Old Greengage – apparently from Armenia and introduced to England in 1629! So it is old…reliable greenish red sweet fruit

Damson

Aylesbury Prune – old traditional English damson emblematic to Beds…grown widely though!

King of the Damson’s – dating from 1880 or so, less astringent than many damsons

Merryweather – an unusually large damson, suitable for eating fresh when fully ripe, or used in jams and puddings. A heavy cropper from Nottinghamshire, dating from 1907

Cherry

Morello – an old Kentish variety of unknown origins! A reliable cropping cooking cherry – great for jams, stewing, pies etc

Waterloo – introduced just after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a traditional eating cherry, sweet juicy red/black fruits”