Twenty Seven rare varieties of Cider apple and Perry pear trees are ready to be planted in Llanfyllin Town Council’s public open space Cae Bodfach, as part of a project called The Heritage of Orchards and Cidermaking in Wales, managed by the Welsh Perry and Cider Society, in partnership with the University of South Wales. This will be the second year of the project : which has resulted in a community forest garden which is a source of food and fuel for its community.
Sector 39 have also been working with local volunteers who raised £500 from Kew Garden’s Grow Wild fund, promoting herb rich meadows and native plants. We will be adding dye plants, medicinal herbs and bee friendly wild-flowers and bulbs over the winter and linking to more community action to enhance wildlife and bio-diversity.
These trees have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which also provides support for orchard management training, events and interpretation on the site. The Welsh Cider and Perry Society is playing a role in identifying and conserving Welsh varieties of cider apples and perry pears, and spearheading the regeneration and conservation of Welsh orchards.
Tom the Appleman has been busy and found out about local cider and perry varieties local to this area of Montgomeryshire commonly in use for cider and erry production. He then grafted and has grown them in his orchard’s nursery all ready for the pupils of Llanfyllin’s Primary and High School to plant them.
Dewi Morris Project coordinator says:
“It’s all part of helping Powys Wildlife thrive by providing specific habitats that are disappearing from the Powys landscape. Orchards -a common feature in Powys towns and the countryside have been disappearing over recent years.”
Diana Berriman, Heritage Project Officer for North Wales says:
“ it’s great to see the schools and local people get involved with the orchard and forest garden, it’s a good way to ensure the long life of the orchard and the use of the crop as a community resource for future generations.’
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