Over the past two winters Stockton Council has planted 550 young fruit trees around the borough. Many of these trees are unusual varieties of fruit that you wouldn’t normally find in a supermarket, and are types that are traditionally found in the north of England. These include apple varieties such as Lord Lambourne, Ingrid Marie and Newton Wonder, Pears such as William’s Bon Cretein, as well as varieties of plum, cherry and damson.

A new orchard of 80 trees has recently been planted at Newham Grange Park in Stockton, with other trees at Cowbridge Beck in Billingham, Redbrook Park in Roseworth, Master Road and Victoria Recreation Ground in Thornaby. Elsewhere trees have been panted in Yarm, Billingham, Cowpen Bewley, Egglescliffe, many of the borough’s schools and over 50 at Preston Park. An interactive map of where these trees along with others in the borough can be found is located is here https://fallingfruit.org/

These orchards are free to access and the future harvests are for local residents to come along and help themselves to. However, as young trees the yields will be relatively low for a while, and it is only with tender care and expert pruning that the trees will be able to mature and become productive. If you would like to learn more about the fruit trees planted in your neighbourhood, how to get involved in their upkeep and development and how to harvest and store the different varieties please contact treeproject@stockton.gov.uk

Find out more about Stockton Food Power Network here

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