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?