Community fruit trees scheme taking root in Clare

PUBLISHED: 05:30 16 February 2019

Clare Country Park  Picture: Bill Baldry

Clare Country Park Picture: Bill Baldry


A community orchard of fruit trees is to be to be planted around Clare.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge will join local groups and members of Clare Town Council in planting 20 trees in Clare cemetery and around a dozen in the country park.

They will be a mixture of apple, pear and plum trees and, once harvested, the fruit will be made available to the community.

The scheme was the idea of Councillor Davina Neale of Clare Town Council. She said: “The aim is for the community to just come and pick the fruit and to also leave it in bozes around the town.

“Fruit can be expensive and this will also cut down on food miles for people.”

The trees have been donated by Orchards East, a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The plantings will take place on Friday February 22.

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