More English apple growers will be supporting the LEAF environmental mark this season, said commercial manager Jeremy Boxall.

At the launch of the LEAF logo at RHS Wisley this week, Boxall said the label would shortly be appearing on Cox, Gala, Braeburn, Tentation, Egremont Russet and Bramley in Waitrose stores.

He also revealed there had been a breakthrough convincing M&S and Safeway to agree to recommend to their growers that their orchards were certified. “Whilst M&S’s policy precludes them from using the logo, they are keen to get the message across.”