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Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group
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East Anglia 24 |  March, 30 Oct 2013 [cached]
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
News from Suffolk Coastal District Council, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Paul Read of Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group (STOG) will be attending...
Suffolk Orchard Survey [cached]
A review of the traditional orchards in East Anglia - Paul Read > (PDF 3.5 MB)
New and Old Orchards for Suffolk's legacy and Orchards East - Paul Read > (PDF 896 Kb)
Paul has added some fascinating botanical comments to this article.
Left to right: Paul Read (STOG), Suzanne Perry (Natural England), Martin Hicks (Hertfordshire County Council) and Steve Oram (People's Trust for Endangered Species)
Paul Read from Thrandeston ..., 21 Nov 2011 [cached]
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.
Greenprint looks at season of mellow fruitfulness [cached]
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.
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