Traditional Orchards Under Threat By EU Ruling


Cider has been produced on these shores for centuries – in fact longer than any other alcoholic drink.  In the last decade, there has been a resurgence in cider-making with many small artisan producers entering the market. The National Association of Cider Makers estimates there are about 480 active cider and perry makers currently in the UK.  An  EU ruling could force many of the smaller operations to cease production.  In its wake, it will also hasten the demise of our traditional orchards and the important natural habitats they support. Continue reading