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Apple tree planted at St Mary’s churchyard in Redenhall to mark pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower



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A special ‘Pilgrim 400’ apple tree has been planted to mark the opening of Harleston’s new jubilee woodland, next to St Mary’s churchyard in Redenhall.

The tree was planted by Fakenham-based horticulturalist John Stirland, who developed the variety to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the pilgrim fathers’ sailing to the new world on the Mayflower.

“It’s a privilege to have such a unique tree to grace our new woodland,” said Trevor Graham, chairman of Redenhall with Harleston Town Council.

John Stirland and Rosie Riches planting the Pilgrim 400 Apple Treeat the entrance to Harleston’s Jubilee Woodland. Picture: Ian Carstairs (56771050)
John Stirland and Rosie Riches planting the Pilgrim 400 Apple Treeat the entrance to Harleston’s Jubilee Woodland. Picture: Ian Carstairs (56771050)

“Four of the pilgrims originated from Harleston and we’re honoured to be chosen to receive one of the original 25 trees produced. It provides a fitting link with those who courageously set out to the new world.”

Following the planting, the Rev Canon Nigel Tuffnell cut a ribbon to declare the jubilee woodland open.



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