Fruitful day of planting for pupils

School helps return orchard to former glory

Pupils from the Lady Zia Wernher School helped plant the first new apple trees in the old orchard at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden this week.

The garden is currently undergoing an extensive restoration, and the estate's records show the orchard once grew many different varieties of fruit tree.

On Wednesday (08/10) children planted a variety called Pam's Delight, which dates from 1956 and was first created in Luton.

Project co-ordinator Charlotte Phillips said: "In the future we would like to invite all the local schools to plant trees for the orchard, so that the children will be able to watch their trees grow and enjoy the fruit from them.

"I am particularly happy that pupils from the Lady Zia Wernher School are here today, though, as my great-grandmother set up the school in 1963."

Don't miss out on your chance to take a look around the walled garden during the estate's Pumpkin and Apple Gala on Saturday, October, 18. The event runs from 11am until 3pm and will include pumpkin decorating, a food and drink fayre, crafts, apple tasting and a hog roast. Entry is 3 for adults and free for children.