Wiltshire

Trees in Salisbury community orchard stolen

Twelve apple trees that were planted in the first of two new community orchards in Salisbury this week have been stolen.

They were taken overnight after being planted on Wednesday at the Fisherton Recreation Ground.

The orchard was created to give local people the chance to grow their own fruit.

Salisbury City Council is considering whether to replace the trees in the same location.

The trees had been planted by local schoolchildren and volunteers.

Senior parks officer Chris Stringer said: "Disappointment doesn't really cover it.

"I phoned the school to let them know. We didn't want the children who planted them coming out again to look at their hard work to find nothing at all so that just magnifies the disappointment."

Fruit trees have also now been planted a couple of miles away in Bishopsdown and it is hoped they will be safer as they are surrounded by houses.

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