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Community orchard to be planted in Abbey Park Pershore
Pershore Abbey
The orchard will grow apples, plums, quinces and cherries.

A community orchard of rare fruit trees is to be planted in Abbey Park, Pershore.

The orchard will grow a wide variety of fruit, including Worcester pears and Pershore's own yellow plum.

Lynn Stevens, Wychavon Parks Officer, hopes the community will get involved:

"We're hoping that local people will really take ownership of this orchard and will be keen to get involved in everything from the planting to the fruit-picking."

The orchard will be planted in a fenced area on the west side of the park, and has been developed with advice from fruit lecturers at Pershore College.

Councillor Tom McDonald, Wychavon Executive Board Member for Leisure, Culture and Regeneration, said: "The new orchard will create an all-year round link to Pershore's famous plum festival, increase the town's biodiversity and give local school children and other people a practical way to help their environment."

Anyone interested in helping at the community orchard should contact Tim Oldham on 01386 565018.

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