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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Hereford Community Farm

1238889_576766629047635_1422126488_nOrchard Origin volunteers have been giving the Hereford Community Farm a helping hand to settle in to its new home at Warham Court Farm at Breinton.   Set up in 2007 to provide a range of supported therapeutic activities in the natural environment, the Community Farm has ambitious plans for its new site including a farm shop and tea room.

We have been invited to help with the two orchards.  About 9 acres in all, the orchards are not large enough to be commercially viable but still crop well. Continue reading