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The newly restructured Countryside Stewardship scheme now includes orchard works in the mid-tier options. There are two strands to Countryside Stewardship, the existing 10 year higher tier (HT), and the new 5 year mid-tier (MT). They are both the essentially the same, but HT also contains the longer and more complicated options that require bespoke …

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The Welsh Perry and Cider Society have secured Heritage Lottery Funding for a two-year project called The Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales. The project aims to secure the future of Welsh variety cider apples and perry pears and are doing so via three strands: working with 14 community groups across Wales to …

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Traditional orchards are evocative places, suited to contemplation and reflection. In recognition of this, Lisa Kelly has written four poignant new poems which are available for free access at PN Review. I. JAUNE DE METZ II. THE APPLE MACHINE III. HERE, APPLE TREE IV. A IS FOR APPLE

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A Wincanton pub crowned best in UK for cider by CAMRA. There are around 400 varieties of apples and pears used for only for making cider and perry, and a further 150 also used for eating, cooking or all three. Small producers are the most likely to use these rare and local varieties grown in small …

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