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East Anglia 24 | March
Fruit Trees and Small Orchards, Foxburrow Farm, Melton near Woodbridge, 10am - 3pm, Spend a fascinating day in the lovely orchard at Foxburrow Farm with Paul Read, Chairman of Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group, Learn how to plant and look after different types of fruit trees, and examine fruit trees at different stages of development, Cost: £25.00, Adult, £21.50 - Concession Please book Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089
Greenprint looks at season of mellow fruitfulness
Paul Read of Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group (STOG) will be attending and helping put the focus on good old English apples and pears, while the East of England Co-operative Society will explain how it is helping put these delicious local produce on the shelves of its shops.
Natural Building and Traditional Building
Paul Read of Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group and Monica Askay, Food Historian
Spend a fascinating day in the lovely orchard at Foxburrow Farm with Paul Read, Chairman of Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group.
Learn how to plant and look after different types of fruit trees, and examine fruit trees at different stages of development. Please bring a packed lunch and gardening gloves. Please wear stout shoes and clothing suitable for the weather. Paul will bring reference books and a display of fruit and/or trees in pots and grafts.
Paul Read from Thrandeston who is heading a project to identify old Suffolk orchards
Paul Read from Thrandeston who is heading a project to identify old Suffolk orchards Heading it is Paul Read, a man who trained as a botanist but spent a career in the film industry before returning to botany as a hobby on retirement. Paul, 73, who lives with his wife, Jennifer, at Thrandeston, had his interest in old orchards stirred after the couple bought a piece of land at Palgrave. Paul Read holds a Bismarck pear and a basket of other vibrantly coloured fruit Paul Read holds a Bismarck pear and a basket of other vibrantly coloured fruit "On it was a remaining piece of an old orchard. It took me ten years to identify the trees and then the 1987 hurricane knocked them all down," he said. Paul and fellow enthusiasts used the results of this new work to check out more sites, many of which have unusual wildlife habitat associated with the old trees. Paul, who is chairman of STOG, said: "Orchards are a long established traditional ingredient of the farmed landscape throughout Britain and vary widely in form and appearance between regions and counties. Eighty grafted trees were produced in the two training days and another 50 were produced by Paul and his daughter, Helen, an ecologist who is launching a similar project in her home county of Buckinghamshire. With the help of the HLF funding Paul and project manager Gen Broad, the county's biodiversity officer, hope that 1,000 trees of traditional Suffolk varieties can be grafted during the next three years. So far more than 120 different varieties have been identified in Suffolk and Paul estimates the total could rise to 250. He said big commercial orchards were very rare in Suffolk but some had been created in the years after the railway reached Manningtree, Ipswich and then Diss because owners were able to get their produce to markets in London more easily. In Thrandeston there had once been 16 farmhouses with 16 associated orchards. "The tradition goes a long way back," Paul said.