News From The Orchards
This is always a worrying time of year. Perry pears are one of the first of the orchard fruits to come into blossom. Early enough to catch a frost which can wipe out a crop overnight. This Spring, however, the weather has been perfect – warm sunshine and blue skies, insects flying to pollinate the flowers and no frost here at night. Dunkertons have an avenue of Thorn and Moorcroft perry pears at their home farm near Pembridge. These trees were planted in 1990. Across the lane is the perry orchard that was planted in 2005 and is now coming in to heavy cropping. It is said that you plant pears for your heirs so nearly twenty years to come into cropping is about right. Perry blossom is a sign that winter is over and better weather is ahead and it certainly feels that way at the moment.
Robert West, former Head Cider Maker at Dunkertons Organic Cider