“The orchard is now in full swing, and unlike last year where there was hardly an apple to be seen, the fruit trees have done well in 2013. The Cefn Ila orchard has over 50 fruit trees, about half and half apples and pears, plus a plum tree, several elders, and some cherries. The orchard is important because it contains a great range of different fruit varieties. The Woodland Trust are currently working on getting these varieties identified since some of them may be old or unusual.
With the recent blustery weather there are lots of windfalls, and a quick walk around the site produced 11 different apple varieties, and 11
varieties of pears. these are a mix of cooking, eating and cider apples, and eating and perry pears.
Visitors are welcome to help themselves to windfalls, but asked not to pick fruit directly from the trees as this can lead to damage to the trees themselves, resulting in fungal infections. Old orchards like this one are increasingly rare in the county, and are an important part of Monmouthshire’s heritage.”
Post written by Mike Kilner,
Woodland Trust Cefn Ila volunteer