November 2020

It is the primary time for the reason that apples had been planted that anybody has questioned why or once they had been planted. 12 months 5 St Nicholas College kids planted them on a really wintery Feb with the assistance of Warden Giles. My son was 9yrs previous. (attatchment)

The sector has fairly a little bit of historical past. The legend is a aircraft crashed in that discipline through the 2nd world struggle.

Once 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 various grasses/herbs. I bear in mind my two eldest sons working via a sea of color that reached above their heads. The water board in early 1990’s put within the fence while they had been laying down pipes. For years it was a helpful discipline for silage.

We made it into two fields when a grower needed a ha for rising reduce 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 in poor health well being. When she left we grew greens on that hectare for 7years relatively unsuccessfully as the bottom was too heavy for vegetable rising. Extra just lately Stepehen, who labored for us, had Oxford Sandy pigs which he offered via the farm store. One of many pig huts continues 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 facet of the sector. The place the brand new timber are, on the backside, had 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 highway. 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’d plant apple timber with the college children and open it up as a permissive footpath. I had romantic visions of the college children bringing their children down, reminiscing the day they planted them and making an attempt an apple or two. On the time there was a grant to encourage farmers to make permissive paths. It additionally inspired extra kids/dad and mom to stroll to high school because it was a protected route in comparison with strolling via the village to select up Authorized Lane in The Hole. We put within the wood gate with a weight on it. Sadly the cows had been set free too usually, particularly after pub closing time when the load was left on the unsuitable facet of the gate to maintain it open. Because it was a permissive path we might lock the gate when the cows had been in, as much as 21 days per 12 months, however clearly this brought on concern for folks making an attempt to get via the village with out utilizing the highway. Therefore we planted timber in 2013 with the assistance of a grant and are amazed at how properly the 12,000 timber have grown. They appear to be catching up the three,500 timber we planted within the discipline under in 1992 which hides fairly a couple of roe deer in. The deer like to return out and check how properly the lettuce/spinach and chard are doing. They do not appear too eager on the brussels.


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

KEY to Ripening instances

(NY) ripens Dec/Jan

(MW) Nov

(LA) Oct/Nov


(LS) Aug/Sept

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

1/ Great 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 take pleasure in it proper via to the New 12 months. Its wonderful how totally different every kind of apple/pear tasted. Thanks everybody for supporting us.

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