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Photo article from the Welsh Hovel - the new orchard makes progress

Tom Winnifrith
Saturday 16 January 2021

Just a couple of snaps from the top inner field where I created the strawberry patch but also planted a second orchard – the first being apple only and down by the river.  The trees are a mixture of apples, crab apples, pears, plums and two small fig trees. I have ordered another tree – a rare species but one native to Britain. More on that later when it arrives in the next week or two.

When we arrived in Wales, this field – which adjoins what was the jungle -  was six foot high in ferns, nettles and long grass. You could not see the fence, gate and horrible barbed wire which once separated it from the bigger top field which runs up to the graveyard and the Church. But now all is visible and the trees seem to have survived the winter so far. Indeed they flourish. One or two have been bent by the wind and so will not grow straight. I cannot say that I mind that. It is as nature intended and so will look all the better in a few years as the orchard matures. 

Increasing numbers of the trees are now taller than me (6 foot) and all seem to be growing so I wonder what leaves and fruits we will see this year. There will be no figs I suspect but I am hopeful that we will see a few pears, plums, crab apples and apples, more than last year anyway.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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