For the third season we continued our apple tree planting along the route of the Busway. This year we planted eight trees close to the beginning of the Busway Route at Trumpington Park and Ride. The Busway is a key route into the city centre and is key to our planting. As land becomes accessible, we intend to extend the planting along it’s route. Over the weekend we had fantastic help from young volunteers as part of a Cambridge educational scheme. Their enthusiasm and commitment kept us all smiling.
Six apple trees with a variety name beginning with the title of ‘king’ have been planted along Anstey Way, leading to the Foster Road Estate and the King George V playing fields. As a matter of interest, one of the varieties is in fact called King George V.
With the help of several allotment holders, volunteers at the Community Garden as well as several new project volunteers we met through the Apple day at the Botanical gardens, we extended the project planting at Empty Common, adding a further fourteen apple trees. Planted at the entrance to Empty Common, in two allotments next to Hobson’s Brook and in land cleared along the waterway, what was especially pleasing was to see people of all ages being involved. A particular thanks to Charlotte Synge for bringing together all the volunteers and for her knowledge, experience and commitment.
Twelve apple trees which are all named after ladies have been planted at the King George V playing fields in Trumpington. Eight of the trees have been planted as a ‘circle’ in an area of wildflower planting behind the children’s playing area and a further four have been planted alongside the tennis courts. Thank you to the many volunteers who came to help.
On Friday 18th November we were invited to speak at the school assembly about this project and following on from that, children at the school helped us plant twenty different varieties of apple tree along the edge of the playing fields and in the enclosed garden. Over the next few years we will help the school prune and nurture the trees as well as adding further trees to the collection around the school car parking area and sports hall.