More than 300 traditional British cider apple trees have been purchased by the National Trust from Henry May, owner of Tidnor Wood Orchards, in an attempt to keep the collection in Britain.
May had recently considered moving the trees to Normandy, France, because he couldn’t find a suitable buyer to tend to the trees in their homeland. Conservationists have lauded the sale and expect the trees to begin bearing fruit in about seven years, after which point the apples will be used to produce cider. Varieties include slack-ma-girdle, the netherton late blower and billy down pippin.
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