Name London’s new apple tree
The whips at the Trees for Life nursery
A new variety of apple developed specifically to thrive in London is to be planted in community orchards across the city – just as soon as it gets a name.
A competition has opened to name the tree, which is the first to be bred for the capital since the 1950s, before it is planted in more than 40 parks, schools and other public spaces in December.
The London Orchard Project, a charity that plants and restores orchards in the capital, has joined forces with the breeder, the Trees for Life nursery to introduce the new variety, which has taken ten years to develop.
“The apple’s parents are the ‘Pixie’ and ‘Laxton’s Fortune’ varieties which are very disease resistant. This makes it easy for beginner fruit growers. It’s also a heavy cropper and has good-sized apples,” says Kath Rosen, chief executive officer of The London Orchard Project.
While the first 100 trees will be planted in community orchards, there are plans to eventually grow some trees for sale for private gardens too.
To enter the competition, tweet your suggestions to @LondonOrchard or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The chosen name will be announced on Twitter during National Tree Week which runs from 24th November to 2nd December and the winner will receive one of the trees.
For more information, visit www.thelondonorchardproject.org