Follow the airplot allotment as it unfolds today...
Are still in abundance in the Uk although many orchards have fallen into abandon still there are literally hundreds of varieties if you look a little closer, as you know I suspect. What is so disappointing and yet typical of these times in this country is one sees trees full of fruit that are simply left to fall and rot by the roads and lanes in towns and villages... pears also crab apples in fact everything we could be picking and harvesting for many recipies and healthy uses.We need a campagn to wean people off supermarket apples that are usuallyi shipped from great distances.. to re-educate childern especially that we have it all in abundance here and of course your plantings will secure those frits for future generations. In norfolk where I live i have friends who cultivate an orchard on their land , and another friend who together we will be restoring an ancient orchard of trees some over a hundred years old varieties which im still learning by research ... Like many rural counties Norfolk has a history of cider making especially the C19th so much of which has benn lost through neglect and submission to the dictates of agricultural policy and standardization most of which is totally detrimental to everyone
Sea ice geek, former web editor at GP.
June 30 2010
June 28 2010