Hopes of fruitful harvest for tree planters in north Norfolk

Members of a north Norfolk women's institute group have been helping do their bit for the environment.

Neatishead, Barton Turf & District WI successfully applied to Yorkshire Tea for a community bursary to fund the planting of fruit trees at the New Victory Hall in Neatishead.

On November 9, a few members gathered in the damp and cold to plant local Norfolk varieties of apple, pear and plum trees.

They were helped in their choice of trees by The Apple and Pear People in Hoveton and Stephen of Brambles Gardening, who gave them some help with the planting.

It is hoped that in future years there will be a good harvest of fruits which can be shared in the community. The project also links with the WI national campaign in 2009 called 'SOS Honeybees' which aimed to encourage bee friendly planting to help protect the ailing honey bee population.

After the planting and a short ceremony to mark the occasion, WI members in true WI style raised a cup of Yorkshire Tea and enjoyed a piece of homemade apple cake.