|Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 3, 2012 at 4:25 AM|
The London Orchard Project are launching a new variety of apple (pictured above) that has been developed specifically for London and we are offering YOU the opportunity to go down in history, by naming it. The lucky winner will also receive one of the first trees of the original batch of 100 that have been developed to plant in your garden (plus fame and glory obviously!)
We’re planting one hundred of the new trees in orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout the month of December 2012 and if you would like a new apple variety in your community orchard or area, let us know.
We have worked with the lovely nursery, ‘Trees for Life’ who have supplied many of our fruit trees to create this variety. It was nurtured from a single seed and has taken ten years to develop. The parents of the tree are the Pixie apple, introduced in 1940 and the Laxton Fortune apple, introduced in 1904- both of which are known for their strength and disease resistant qualities. In addition to its robustness, this tree will also produce high numbers of sweet, flavoursome apples.
The apple will be the first London specific variety to have been developed since 1953, when the Merton Delight was born.
If you can think of a name for the new London variety, Tweet your suggestions to @LondonOrchard then follow us on Twitter, for the announcement of the winning title.
You can also email suggestions to [email protected] – and you can make your mark on Britain’s apple history!