We have one damson tree here at the Welsh hovel up in the vegetable patch. It overhangs the road down to the hovel and you know when the fruit are ripe as they spatter onto the road and your car crunches over them as you drive in or out. There was a second tree alongside it but the gales took it and I have planted a cherry tree in its stead. For there is already a second source of damsons. My neighbours have a tree which leans over into our garden so we are allowed to pick its fruit too. Our neighbours are in their nineties and their needs are not that great.
I have yet to start on the neighbours’ tree but Joshua and I picked a basket full from our own tree and over a couple of nights I used my cherry pippers to remove the stones and make the jam for breakfast croissants and for teatime scones at Sharestock. The two jats you see below contain about six and a half pounds of jam. Thereis more to be made. If the blackberries are not sufficient to make a few pounds of blackberry jam I can always make another raft of damson jam.