Today we had an excellent working party in the Orchard leaving it tidy and ready for the winter. Twelve keen orchardeers trimmed the hedges, weeded round the trees and pulled out a year's growth of bramble. There was a lot to do but the work was completed quickly with such a keen and speedy workforce. The grass has taken a terrible bashing with the drought but it does seem to be improving now.
The crop has been somewhat disappointing this year but there still some good Herefordshire Russets which are still ripening on the trees and the last apples to be picked are the Newton Wonders.....these will improve in flavour well into November and should store until February.
Do watch out for the notice about the Wassail.....20 January 2019. We need to ensure a good crop for next year by frightening off the devils.