I visited Brogdale, home to the British National Fruit Collection, ‘one of the largest fruit collections in the world’1, on 3 and 4 July.
On 3 July, I became a member of Brogdale Collections, the charity ‘working to provide access and education about the National Fruit Collection to the public’2, and took a guided tour of the orchards.
On 4 July, I met with the Horticultural Curator of the National Fruit Collection and looked at the archives to find information about a heritage apple cultivar sent from the Auvergne region of France just after World War 2, the ‘Reinette de Maurs’3.
The Curator also took me through other parts of the Collection, including the cherry collection where I collected a few cherries of different cultivars to make a photo. I was also given a sample of sour cherries to make a jam test.