A cup of tea to save a tree

Carol and Michael Day have opened the Orchard Tea Room to try and save an historic orchard.
Carol and Michael Day have opened the Orchard Tea Room to try and save an historic orchard.
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A FAMILY have launched a last-ditch effort to save their historic apple orchard by opening a tea room.

The Day family have had the orchard, off Redmoor Lane in Wisbech, for three generations but are now struggling to sell their crop to the supermarkets.

So they have launched the Orchard Tea Room to hopefully make up the shortfall in their earnings and make sure the orchard stays in the family.

“They can’t sell the apples through the supermarkets,” Jim Benn from the tea room explained, “because they don’t want English apples. They’ve got a good crop of apples, they just can’t sell enough of them.”

Carol and Michael Day are behind the operation and Jim is working in the shop. It is based on a traditional tea room, with homemade cakes, tea in china cups and light lunches.

It has been open around six weeks and Jim said trade so far has been good, particularly with people flocking to the coast along the A47. They are ideally placed for the busy road and with traffic building up along the Wisbech bypass, many people are choosing to stop off for a break.

Visitors are welcome to walk around the orchard and can even bring their dogs along, so the whole family can see where their money is going.