What's in a name?

posted 8 Jan 2014, 07:20 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 8 Jan 2014, 07:53 ]

Horfield Organic Community Orchard is home to several very local apple varieties, e.g. Gloucestershire Underleaf, Court of Wick and Shepperdine Silt.  Heritage Lottery Funding of the Orchard Roots Bristol Project means that more than 70 different varieties of apple, pear, plum and nut trees in the orchard are being permanently labelled – making it easier for members and public to appreciate the diversity of fruit grown.

Several varieties, first discovered on the site in 1998, have been sent for identification to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale. Members hope that one or two of these ‘mystery’ fruits will reveal a strong local heritage.