A new variety of apple that has been developed specifically for the Capital was planted at Battersea's Christchurch Primary School.

The Core Blimey, the first London apple variety developed in almost sixty years, will be planted in 40 orchards in public spaces, parks and schools in the city throughout December, each of which will eventually provide the apples to London’s communities.

The London Orchard Project, the charity that promotes orchard and fruit tree growing in the capital, has announced the title of the apple, following a national competition to name the new fruit.

The Core Blimey is a unique new variety and will be the first London specific apple to be developed since 1953. The apple variety, which has been nurtured from a single seed, has been gradually developed over a period of ten years.

Kath Rosen, from The London Orchard Project said: "Introducing the Core Blimey to public spaces will help us to continue to rejuvenate London’s lost heritage of fruit growing.

"The trees will brighten up the environments they are planted in as well as provide access to free, delicious and healthy fruit to all surrounding communities.

"The Core Blimey is a perfect name for the new variety, it encapsulates London, it’s fun, and- as a cockney term of surprise that dates back to the 1880’s- the phrase has a lot of history.

"We are looking forward to seeing the Core Blimey thrive, becoming a well-recognised variety of London fruit."