Project to support Ipswich orchards

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The council hopes to bring new varieties of apples to Ipswich

Ipswich residents are being asked to support a project to bring new life to derelict orchards in the town.

Ipswich Borough Council has started The Great Fruit Tree Hunt which also aims to find new sites for orchards.

The council's park rangers will be working with local schools, allotment-holders, businesses and private landowners on the project.

The council said the plan was to help support the environment and possibly introduce new varieties of apples.

A recording form is available on the Orchard Project webpage, said a council spokesman.

Inga Lockington, environment portfolio-holder on the council, said: "We are asking people to record fruit trees so we can build up a picture of all the varieties we have.

"It would be exciting if we could re-introduce traditional Suffolk varieties to Ipswich and raise awareness of traditional orchards."

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