Thursday, 23 November 2017

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Children from the Denning Montessori School in Fawley visited a Henley family’s orchard. The orchard, off Greys was

Children from the Denning Montessori School in Fawley visited a Henley family’s orchard. The orchard, off Greys was planted in 2001 by Iraj Poostchi, who was a professor of agriculture. He died in 2008 and is buried there next to his wife Minou, who died 2013. The land is now looked after by the couple’s daughter Banny Poostchi and-son-law Nick Hay. No chemical sprays, fertilisers or pesticides have ever been used on the soil or on the trees and the orchard is and intended to supply the local community with fresh tree-ripened fruit from more than 10 different varieties of apple. There are also quince, meddler, greengage, plum and a few hazelnut, peach and cherry trees.The first variety of apples are Discovery and they are available at the gate at 3 Oak Orchard on the left just past the Highlands Farm entrance, where there is an honesty box. The Montessori children took part in activities to teach them about the lifecycle of apple treesand how the bees help pollinate them. Beekeeper Nigel Eddon keeps hives at the orchard. The children also enjoyed trailer rides around the orchard pulled by a mini-tractor. School principal Jenny Blain said: “We all learned a lot about the orchard and plan to return in the autumn. The children loved the activities and the trailer rides. Thank you to Nick and Banny.”





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