Dorset to Welcome Rare English Cider Apples

apples in bins

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.

Read the full article at The Guardian‘s website.

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  1. Derek Brown on January 31, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I would very much appreciate some help in a search for information regarding a variety of apple called SHAUGH RED.
    As far as I am aware the apple was grown extensively around Shaugh Prior in Devon. A Community Orchard has been established with examples of heritage apples. It would be very much appreciated if you were able to give us any information regarding this variety and any possibility of obtaining a scion in order to graft and thus enhance the collection in the orchard.
    We have been searching in the locality of Shaugh Prior with no response and lately we have been contacting National Agencies such as the RHS across the country regarding National Fruit Collections and with the larger producers with commercial collections, all to no avail.
    Your name was sent to me by a producer as a possible source of information.
    Kind regards
    Derek Brown

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