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Geneticists trace the origins of the apple

August 2017

This article in the Guardian summarises research into the origins of the modern apple. Researchers found that the earliest apples arose in the Tien Shan mountains of central Asia, in what is today Kazakhstan.

Gardeners World 2017 - episode 5

April 2017

Monty Don plants some apple tree cordons, grafted on M9 rootstocks. He explains the advantages of planting them at 45 degrees, and why they should be planted with the top pointing north to maximise the balance of fruitfulness and growth.

Watch it on BBC Iplayer | See our cordon-trained apple trees

Orchard Windfalls grant fund - 2017

January 2017

The Orchard Windfalls grant fund from the Tree Council for 2017 is open to all schools and community groups where children can be involved in the planting. The grant will fund up to 75% of the cost of apple or pear trees.

For the 2017 scheme you must choose apple or pear trees on semi-vigorous or vigorous rootstocks. That means MM106, MM111, M116 or M25 for apples, or Quince A, Pyrodwarf, or Pyrus communis seedling (e.g. Kirchensaller) for pears. We can supply many suitable apple and pear varieties on these rootstocks, taking account of your local climate and conditions.

Applications close 31st March 2017. More details can be found on the Tree Council funding website.

Nigel Slater's Baked Apple Recipes

27th November 2016

This article in The Guardian food and drink section describes a sweet dish of baked apples and vince fruits, and a savoury dish with pork chops with apples. Nigel also suggests cooking with early season Discovery apples.

BBC Radio 4 Food Programme - The Apple: How British a Fruit?

9th October 2016

Sheila Dillon talks to food writers Mark Diacono and Pete Brown about the apple.

Pears at their Peak - The Garden (RHS Magazine)

October 2016 edition

A detailed article by Joan Morgan (author of The Book of Pears) describing a selection of pear varieties, grouped by ripening period. We usually have many of the varieties mentioned in this article:

Gorham, Williams Bon Chretien, Beth, Fondante d'Automne, Beurre Superfin, Beurre Hardy, Louise Bonne of Jersey, Conference, Concorde, Doyenne du Comice, Josephine de Malines

Trees featured on BBC Gardeners World

Episode 24 - 9th September 2016

Monty Don tries some mulberries and then gives a textbook demonstration of how to plant a pot-grown King James mulberry tree.

The programme also visits a traditional plum orchard where volunteers are picking Purple Pershore and Yellow Egg (Yellow Pershore) plums.