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Aldborough Hatch volunteers use new machine to get Dick Turpin Orchard ready for fruiting season

PUBLISHED: 14:55 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 13 December 2018

Chris Gannaway, Vice-Chairman of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association, prunes one of the Bramley apple trees. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Chris Gannaway, Vice-Chairman of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association, prunes one of the Bramley apple trees. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Ron Jeffries

Volunteers from the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA) used their recently purchased brushcutter to cut back the undergrowth around the 100-year-old fruit trees in the Dick Turpin Orchard ready for next year's fruiting season.

Jenny Chalmers, who has led the project since the start, uses the new brushcutter to trim the undergrowth around one of the 100-year-old Bramley apple trees. Photo: Ron JeffriesJenny Chalmers, who has led the project since the start, uses the new brushcutter to trim the undergrowth around one of the 100-year-old Bramley apple trees. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Purchased with a grant from Redbridge Council’s CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Local Project Fund, the brushcutter made light work of what in the past has been backbreaking the volunteers.

The project has involved volunteers from the local community together with the 1st Aldborough Hatch Girl Guides and students from the William Torbitt Primary School, and started two years ago with support and training from the Orchard Project and Help Britain Blossom.

Jenny Chalmers, Chair of AHDA said: “This is a project that has both involved the community and also provided fruit for local use. We have also saved a 100-year-old orchard that would have fallen into disuse had we not stepped in to refurbish it.”

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