Pupils help at Great Cornard orchard

CHILDREN from a Sudbury school helped plant trees for a traditional orchard.

Wells Hall Primary School pupils, helped by volunteers from Sudbury Common Lands Charity, planted the first of 100 cherry and apple trees – provided by orchard expert Paul Read – at Great Cornard Country Park as part of the charity’s orchard preservation project.

Year 3 teacher Louise Ryall, who accompanied the 24 children, said: “They absolutely loved it.

“The children worked in teams of two or three and dug their holes, put their tree in and put the soil back again.

“The volunteers also told the children why it is important to plant the trees. They learnt loads and were worn out by the end.”

Adrian Walters, Sudbury Common Lands ranger, said: “The trees will look stunning in 15 years time when they are growing on that hillside.

“They will really add to the landscape and the wildlife habitat, as well as being an interesting community resource.

The next stage of the process will take place in a year’s time, when the local varieties of fruit will be grafted on to the established root stocks.