As the nights slowly start to draw in, and we become more inclined to seek more time indoors, now seems an opportune time to bring your attention to a new book.
Orchard - A Year in England's Eden, written by Benedict Macdonald and Nicholas Gates, is a truly enlightening and entertaining read. It describes the story of the apple and the development of orchards, and then focusses on the nature and wildlife of a Herefordshire site comprising traditional mixed fruit orchards, over the course of a calendar year.
For us, here in Colwall this has especial resonance since the old farm and orchards that are the subject of the book (kept anonymous at the request of the current owners) are to be found only a handful of miles from our village.
So this is definitely a book to look out for, and which will provide anyone with 'orchardy' tendencies with many hours of pleasure and delight, and which serves as a timely reminder of the value and importance of traditional orchards to us all.