November 2020

It is the primary time for the reason that apples have been planted that anybody has questioned why or once they have been planted. Yr 5 St Nicholas College youngsters planted them on a really wintery Feb with the assistance of Warden Giles. My son was 9yrs outdated. (attatchment)

The sector has fairly a little bit of historical past. The legend is a aircraft crashed in that area throughout the 2nd world conflict.

After I first got here to the farm in 1989 David Cross had leased the land for 3yrs to somebody chopping turf.

Andrew as a part of regenerating the fertility put in a inexperienced manures filled with vetches, peas and many alternative grasses/herbs. I keep in mind my two eldest sons working by a sea of color that reached above their heads. The water board in early 1990’s put within the fence while they have been laying down pipes. For years it was a helpful area for silage.

We made it into two fields when a grower wished a ha for rising minimize flowers and herbs for tinctures. So as soon as once more it was a sea of color buzzing with bugs. She left after 6yrs due to unwell well being. When she left we grew greens on that hectare for 7years quite unsuccessfully as the bottom was too heavy for vegetable rising. Extra lately Stepehen, who labored for us, had Oxford Sandy pigs which he bought by the farm store. One of many pig huts remains to be standing. We planted timber alongside the highest and backside hedge in 1994 and unsuccessfully tried to sow wild flowers.

There was by no means a path down there, solely the opposite aspect of the sphere. The place the brand new timber are, on the backside, have been a few fields for my British White Beef. I used to chop throughout our fields and thru the hedge to take the children to high school, with out utilizing the street. Sadly others adopted and I quickly had damaged fences and escaping cows. So we thought because the water board had put a fence there we might plant apple timber with the varsity youngsters and open it up as a permissive footpath. I had romantic visions of the varsity youngsters bringing their youngsters down, reminiscing the day they planted them and attempting an apple or two. On the time there was a grant to encourage farmers to make permissive paths. It additionally inspired extra youngsters/mother and father to stroll to high school because it was a secure route in comparison with strolling by the village to choose up Authorized Lane in The Hole. We put within the picket gate with a weight on it. Sadly the cows have been set free too usually, particularly after pub closing time when the burden was left on the unsuitable aspect of the gate to maintain it open. Because it was a permissive path we may lock the gate when the cows have been in, as much as 21 days per yr, however clearly this prompted concern for individuals attempting to get by the village with out utilizing the street. Therefore we planted timber in 2013 with the assistance of a grant and are amazed at how nicely the 12,000 timber have grown. They appear to be catching up the three,500 timber we planted within the area under in 1992 which hides fairly a number of roe deer in. The deer like to come back out and take a look at how nicely the lettuce/spinach and chard are doing. They do not appear too eager on the brussels.


Right here is the checklist of timber. Ranging from the tree enclosures. Sadly the kind Harvey 3/4/5 all died fairly early on.

KEY to Ripening occasions

(NY) ripens Dec/Jan

(MW) Nov

(LA) Oct/Nov


(LS) Aug/Sept

Bushes planted from backside to prime numbered 1-27 as follows

1/ Fantastic thing about BAth LS

2/ Devenonshire Quarrandden LS

3/4/5/ All Harvey LS

6/ Ellison’s Orange EA

7/ Exeter Cross EA

8/ Taunton Cross EA

9/ Egremont Russet LA

10/11 Tom Putt LA

12/13/14 Melcombe Russet LA

15/16/`17 Slack Ma Girdle

18/ Christmas Permain MW

20/ Cornish Fragrant NY

22/23/24 Golden Pippin NY

25/ Gala S

26/ Duke of Devonshire S

27? Thriller ?

We had nice climate for our apple day and hope everybody who made their very own juice will get pleasure from it proper by to the New Yr. Its wonderful how completely different every kind of apple/pear tasted. Thanks everybody for supporting us.

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