YOUNGSTERS at Grenville College have been helping to plant a new orchard that will bear fruit for pupils who follow in their footsteps. The Year 6 pupils have planted traditional local apple varieties to refresh an old orchard that was coming to the end o

YOUNGSTERS at Grenville College have been helping to plant a new orchard that will bear fruit for pupils who follow in their footsteps.The Year 6 pupils have planted traditional local apple varieties to refresh an old orchard that was coming to the end of its time.They have done so with aid from the Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service's Orchard Grant Scheme - a scheme funded by Leader+ which has so far provided funding for the planting or restoration of 33 orchards with 650 fruit trees across North Devon.The 10 new Grenville apple trees, planted under the guidance of college head gardener Steve Puttick , include such traditional varieties as Devonshire Buckland, Devonshire Quarendon, Limberland and Hangy Down, all of which have been grown in the area for many years and do well in the local conditions.Mr Puttick said: "It is important for young people to learn about the outdoors, not only as a place to enjoy, but also as productive land. Even small areas can be important sources of local food."Countryside officer Tom Hynes said: "The grant scheme has proved to be a huge success and I am really heartened to see how much interest there is in both planting and restoring traditional Devon orchards in the area. "The orchards have varied from a few trees to more than 50, but the common theme is that they are all owned by people keen to see a traditional part of the North Devon landscape survive.