Decline And Revival Of The Perry Pear

Perry Pear Orchard at Davies Meadow

Perry Orchard at Davies Meadow   

Traditional perry pear orchards are thin on the ground these days, so it was a privilege for Orchard Origins to be invited to help with the winter pruning at Davies Meadow. This ancient pear orchard, which had fallen into neglect, forms part of a 20 acre reserve managed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust. For the last few years, the Trust has been replanting it with traditional perry pear varieties and a few dessert pears.

Swept up in the slipstream of the cider boom, Perry, the fermented beverage produced from perry pears, has been enjoying  a bit of a renaissance recently. So, could perry orchards become a more familiar sight in the future?

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Orchard Maintenance and Hedge-Laying Workshops

Formative pruning workshop in Colwall

In the New Year, Orchard Origins and the Herefordshire Nature Trust are running a series of workshops on orchard maintenance and hedge-laying that promote wildlife-friendly practices.

There has been a huge decline in traditional orchards and hedgerows in the UK since the 1950s. When sensitively managed for fruit production and wildlife orchards support a huge diversity of insects, mammals, birds and plants. Hedges provide natural corridors and nesting sites for a host of different species. Understanding and practising traditional management techniques will help conserve these fragile habitats.  Continue reading