Heritage apple trees planted at Trinity Park to celebrate the Suffolk Show - 3 March 2017

The Suffolk Show, the county’s celebration of food, farming and countryside, is bringing a little Suffolk heritage to its home with the planting of a traditional orchard.

 The trees planted in Trinity Park’s first orchard have been grafted or propagated from local  & rare speciality varieties of orchard trees, of Suffolk origination or traditional to the county. 

 

Visitors to the Show will be able to see the trees as they will be planted close to the location of the new wildlife area entrance.

 

The variety of trees have been recommended by the Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group and are a mix of apples and damsons including Apple Lady Henniker, Apple St Edmunds Russet, Damson Cluster, Apple Luxton’s Superb and Damson Prune. The aim is to grow the size of the orchard and introduce more Suffolk varieties.

 

Commenting on the new orchard, SAA chief executive Phillip Ainsworth said, “I am very pleased we have commenced the first phase of the apple tree planting here at Trinity Park, the home of the Suffolk Show. We are passionate about celebrating all that Suffolk has to offer and by planting the beginnings of an orchard, we will have a little bit of the county’s heritage right on our doorstep.”

 

In addition to planting the orchard, a team of volunteers, led by assistant estate manager Darren Cobbold, have started preparing the site in advance of the Show in June. This includes tidying up the hedging near the wildlife area and caravan park, trimming trees near the Grand Ring avenue, digging out silted up drains  and moving the ticketing structure to the Bucklesham entrance.

 

“Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to put on such an incredible event and not many people realise the time and dedication it takes to get the site prepared. I would like thank all those people who have given up their valuable time and joined us this week to start getting the site ready.” Philip Ainsworth concluded.

 

Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show (May 31st and June 1st) are now on sale – save £5 per ticket by purchasing in advance. Advanced tickets cost £22 while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry. For more information and to book tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 01473 707117.

 

The Suffolk Show is run and managed by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to promote the importance of food, farming and the countryside to the economy and character of Suffolk through the Suffolk Show itself and a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.

 

Photo caption: The first heritage apple tree is planted at Trinity Park (L-R) Darren Cobbold (Assistant Estates Manager), Bee Kembell (Suffolk Show Director), Phillip Ainsworth (SAA Chief Executive), James Blyth (Deputy Show Director), Stephen Eccott (Estates Assistant)

 

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