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Apple trees planted for community to enjoy

Saturday 26th January 2013

Community apple trees are being planted by Transition Lostwithiel in two locations in Lostwithiel. One will be planted in Lostwithiel Station garden, which is tended and maintained by volunteers. A further five trees are being planted near the Lostwithiel Community Centre, which holds an Apple & Pumpkin Day each year and last year hosted the popular Cornwall Cider Festival. The apple trees were provided by Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel.
All the trees are local Cornish varieties and once the trees are fully grown, any apples they produce can be enjoyed by anyone in the community. The trees were made possible from funding by Western Power Distribution and professional advice and support from Silvanus Trust. The Silvanus Trust works with Western Power Distribution on all their funded community tree planting schemes in Devon and Cornwall.
The apple trees form an addition to the Transition Lostwithiel's first community planting of four apple trees in 2009 at The Brambles on Bodmin Hill. It is hoped that more fruit and nut trees will be planted in future to form a productive edible landscape and as a reminder of the apple growing heritage of the Fowey estuary. Large areas of Lostwithiel used to be covered in orchards and a boat trip up the Fowey river at apple blossom time was a popular tourist attraction.