Frank P Matthews breeds new apple variety to be planted around London

The London Orchard Project will plant up 100 trees of a new apple variety in over 40 "orchards" in public spaces this winter, it has announced.

The charity has worked with the Worcestershire fruit tree nursery to develop the variety, which is the result of ten years of selection. A cross between Pixie and Laxton Fortune varieties, it is said to be easy to grow, disease-resistant and able to withstand the tougher city growing conditions.

The charity's CEO Kath Rosen said: "London has a strong fruit-growing heritage, which The London Orchard Project strives to rejuvenate. We are now introducing a new variety to community orchards to further increase these environments, that is durable, delicious and makes fresh fruit that is free and readily available to local communities."

It has launched a competition to name the variety, with the winner receiving one of the trees. Entries can be submitted via Twitter.

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