The first London apple to be developed in 60 years is unveiled

A brand new variety of apple has been bred to celebrate the growing trend of planting community orchards in the capital.

The apple, which has not yet been named, was bred for its taste and resistance to disease and London’s harsh conditions. One hundred trees will be planted in over 40 orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout December.  

The London Orchard Project worked with the nursery Trees for Life on the unique new variety nurtured from a single seed. The project has taken 10 years and the finished product will be easy to grow for beginner gardeners.

Parents of the tree are the Pixie apple, introduced in 1940, and the Laxton Fortune apple, grown in 1904, both of which are known as much for their strength and disease-resistant qualities as their sweet flavour.

"The apple will be the first London specific variety to have been developed since 1953 when the Merton Delight was born," said London Orchard Project chief executive Officer Kath Rosen.

"London has a large orchard heritage but many orchards were wiped out to make way for infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Airport, built on a massive orchard growing area.

"Most skills in orchard growing have been lost but there is now huge enthusiasm for growing fruit trees. The London Orchard Project helps people to do this again. We are now introducing a new variety to community orchards to further increase these environments."

 


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