Wolds End Orchard Apple and Pear Identification
We'd like to thank Wade Muggleton from The Marcher Network https://www.marcherapple.net/ for his advice and help in identifying some of our apples this year. Wade told us we have some intriguing varieties in the orchard which helped us as we selected DNA test candidates.
Apple expert and author, Wade has appeared on BBC Gardener's World talking about apples and orchards
He recently also published a new book
We also found the website from Bernwode Fruit Trees very useful as we start our discovery of what apples and pears we have in the orchard http://www.bernwodeplants.co.uk/
We have recently sent off some leaf samples to NIAB East Malling for DNA testing, as part of our Fruit ID project. Funding for this was from members and supporters of the orchard and we thank all of them for contributing £400 towards this part of the identification project. We hope to have the results later in the year and we'll publish more about this soon.
THANKS TO SEVERN TRENT for their GREAT BIG NATURE BOOST GRANT
In March 2021 we applied and were awarded a grant for 2,700 from Severn Trent Water under their Great Big Nature Boost Grant scheme. We were able to plant and protect new fruit trees, undertake pruning of some veteran trees, lay an 80 metre hedge under the tutilage of Champion Hedge Layer and local, Robin Dale. We were delighted to host a visit by one of Severn Trent's Environmental Scientists, Victoria Brown, in October. We got a thumbs up for all the work we had carried out earlier in the year, and even had time to try a few apples!
Victoria Brown from Severn Trent Water with volunteers Julianne Davies, Geoff Carr and Susie Tombs.
A visit from Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
The Campden Society joined the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust this year https://glosorchards.org/home/. In the summer GOT Orchard expert and co-chair Martin Hayes visited to provide us with advice and share his extensive knowledge about fruit trees and orchards. Martin returned in September to lead a pruning workshop, so we have the skills to keep our young trees in good form over the coming years.
Susie Tombs, Geoff Carr, Marin Hayes & Geoffrey White