AN ABANDONED orchard in St Dominick has been reclaimed and is to be restored to its former glory.
Eight acres at Strawberry Hill, near Halton Quay, have been gifted to St Dominick Community and Apiary Group by the Pentillie Estate.
On Tuesday South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray officially reopened the beauty spot, which supports a wide diversity of wildlife.
As an added sweetener, rent will be paid to Pentillie Estate yearly in the form of the honey from a single beehive in the apiary.
The group intends to try producing Manuka honey, said to have medicinal benefits. The Tregothnan Estate near Falmouth is the only place outside New Zealand currently producing it.
Seven apple and three pear trees remain in the orchard, and 80 new additions, planted three years ago, will yield a variety of traditional Cornish apples, including Cornish Pine, King Byerd, Longkeeper, Improved Keswick and cider apple Morgan's Sweet.
The group's aim is to maintain and enhance the site as a heritage orchard, while benefiting from the produce.
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