Louth’s first community orchard was planted at the weekend, near the Greenwich Meridian at Louth Cemetery.
The project was made possible thanks to a £500 Community Wildlife Grant from Lincolnshire County Council.
The trees, which come from a Grimoldby based grower, will feature a King James I Mulberry tree and nine Lincolnshire variety apple trees.
The Meridian Orchard also includes Ingalls Red and Ingalls Pippin (both raised by William Ingall of Grimoldby almost 90 years ago), Ellison Orange bred by Rev Charles Ellison of Bracebridge in 1904, Herrings Pippin, Barnack Beauty, Green Balsam, Philadelphia (thought to come from Alford in the 1840s), Isaac Newton (descended from the great mathematician’s 17th century tree), and the very aptly named Meridian.
The trees were planted by the Community Payback team close to the Meridian Line, which passes through Louth Cemetery.
The group has been enhancing the orchard area over the last two years thanks to the support of the Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund.
The Community Payback team has also been busy during the bad weather making bird and bat boxes.
Increasing the biodiversity of the London Road site is an important feature of Louth Town Council’s partnership with Louth In Bloom this year.
The site will be the start of this year’s In Bloom judging route, which will commence on the Greenwich Meridian and take in the recently created Meridian Meadow in which wild flowers have been cultivated by the cemetery team.