Volunteers plant orchard in garden used by The Beatles

Apples among fruit trees going in garden with connection to the Beatles.

Volunteer horticulturists are turning part of an iconic walled garden used by The Beatles into a mixed-fruit orchard as part of a multi-million-pound project. Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Association is planting apple, pear and cherry trees in the north garden of the famous London house. The project, which won a £7.9m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, includes north and south walled sections on more than 1ha of land, which until 2005 was overgrown. “We will be embarking on the orchard this summer,” said project co-ordinator Karen Liebreich. “Just because we are volunteers doesn’t mean that horticultural shoddiness will do. Although we have received grants, we have funded much of the work ourselves.” The walled gardens at Chiswick House date from 1682 and were created by Sir Stephen Fox. The Beatles shot film in the garden in 1966 for their hit single, Paperback Writer.

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