Apologies for no October news, we have been on holiday in Devon and Dorset and we hardly saw an apple. All the cider orchards were bare and picked, as is the Island cider orchard at Watergate Road. Usually when walking in the autumn we pass gardens with apples on trees but not this year.
It really is a bad year. Our apples are picked and stored in the shed but there are nowhere near as many as usual. The phone calls for Dave about pruning have started to arrive, he says he is retired but I expect he will revisit old friends and renew his acquaintance with their orchards.
Also some very good news, the Yarmouth Local Heroes Community Orchard is going ahead on The Mount in Yarmouth on land owned by Yarmouth Council. Jill Cowley has sent me a complete list of trees, they include local varieties and a really good range of cookers and eating apples + nuts and plums. (see separate entry under IOW Apple People and Places for the list) This orchard was planned last year as a Jubilee commemoration and as well as some aptly named apples such as ‘Monarch’ there are crimson, white and purple nuts for red, white and blue. Planting is planned for December 8th and 9th and will involve community groups, the Yarmouth Scouts and volunteers from the local Police, Fire service and Yarmouth lifeboat. I hope to be there with the camera for some website pictures.
And a request please could you remind everyone you know about this website and ask them to look at it - the more 'hits' the further up the ratings we go!