Orchard at Rutland Water will be memento of jubilee

Dr Laurence Howard, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, and Peter Simpson, the managing director of Anglian Water, at the opening of the jubilee orchard
Dr Laurence Howard, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, and Peter Simpson, the managing director of Anglian Water, at the opening of the jubilee orchard
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Sixty apple trees have been planted on the shores of Rutland Water as a lasting memento of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and managing director of Anglian Water Peter Simpson planted the last tree in the clearing at Barnsdale Wood during a ceremony on Friday.

The project to plant the orchard was carried out by staff from Anglian Water, which owns Rutland Water, pupils from Brooke Priory School, the Stamford Community Orchard Group and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

It is part of the diamond jubilee woods project organised by the Woodlands Trust, which aims to plant more than six million trees during the year.

The orchard includes 60 different varieties of traditional English apple trees which have been planted in blossoming order so that when they’re flowering the bright colours will spread down the slope towards the water’s edge.

The trees were provided by Stamford Community Orchard Group.

Mr Simpson said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the local community on this project, we really couldn’t have done it without their help.

“We thought it was a great idea to make use of this part of Rutland Water.

“It’s already a popular picnic spot and we hope that by planting this lasting reminder of the fantastic jubilee celebrations earlier this year we can make it even nicer for the local community and visitors to the area.”

Stuart Dainton, from the Woodland Trust, added: “This orchard will become a magnificent space for visitors to enjoy, creating a lasting legacy as a reminder of the jubilee for future generations in Rutland.”