The old and the new. The old trees to the left of the picture supplied some of the unsprayed cider apples picked and pressed last autumn to make Bushel+Peck rich+mellow cider. To make sure that this traditional orchard provides a welcome habitat for literally hundreds of species well into the future, as well as apples aplenty, we've added 25 new trees. What was looking like a knackered, forgotten field now feels like a place cared for, reinvigorated and refreshed.
In case you're interested, these are the varieties we planted:
Apples: Ashmead's Kernel, Blenheim Orange, Bramley, Broxwood Foxwhelp, Chisel Jersey, Dabinett, Discovery, Harry Master's Jersey, Newton Wonder, Spartan, Sweet Alford, Tewkesbury Baron, Worcester Permain
Plums: Early Prolific, Marjorie's Seedling, Victoria, Warwickshire Drooper
Pears: Barnet, Conference.