Today is the start of National Tree Week, which is run and organised by the Tree Council of the UK from the 25th of November until the 2nd of December.
At Strumpshaw Tree Fair we just love trees, the talented people that work with all their by-products and the natural habitats they grow within.
So it’s a perfect time to buy and plant a tree or two. We are great supporters of the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, based out near Fakenham. This charity has reintroduced old lost Norfolk heritage apple and pear trees, like the Norfolk Beauty, an apple tree that dates back to 1901, and the Norfolk Robin Pear which dates back to 1796! Why not contact them, and even order some trees? We certainly have!
Orchards East based at the UEA’s School of History have just received a three year grant to map out Norfolk’s orchards and lost fruit farms. They need volunteers to update the old Norfolk maps and log what trees have survived and where new ones have been planted. Full training is given and what a way to spend a winter’s day!
They are also running an oral history project to record the memories of people about the lost orchards and fruit pickers. These were mostly made up of Gypsies and Travellers who worked their way through the old stopping places throughout Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Wisbech had the highest number of fruit farms and a few still remain there today.
Both these groups will be at Strumpshaw Tree Fair next year so you can talk to them and maybe even become a volunteer. We are delighted they are supporting us!