Volunteers plant jubilee orchard at Mareham Pastures

A group of 60 children will be joining volunteers to plant trees for an orchard in Lincolnshire to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Lincolnshire County Council and the Friends of Mareham Pastures have designed the jubilee orchard at Mareham Pastures nature reserve near Sleaford.

The group will plant "old" varieties of apple, pear and plum trees, mostly originating from Lincolnshire.

A council spokesman said the orchard was a "lovely idea".

Eddy Poll, executive member for economic development at the council, said: "It's great that people are bringing back a traditional part of the Lincolnshire countryside.

"Traditional orchards are special places for both wildlife and people and I look forward to trying one of these unusual varieties of fruit in a few years' time."

The apple trees in the orchard will include Grimoldby Golden, Peasgood Nonsuch and Broadholme Beauty.

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