Garden and greenhouse enthusiasts to resurrect apple varieties

What is thought to be the world’s rarest apple variety is to be grown along with a number of heirloom specimens in a Welsh orchard.

The Knucklas Castle Community Land Project is hoping to revive a number of the country’s traditional favourites with its latest planting activities, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said.

One such variety is the Bardsey, which is considered the world’s rarest after being discovered ten years ago growing on just one tree on a Welsh island.
Sheep’s Snout and the Perthyre Welsh cider apple are also to be grown in the 86-tree orchard, which measures an acre in size.

As well as apples, the land will produce mulberries, quince and medlars, with funding coming from Powys Environmental Partnerships in the form of a grant.

"We chose Welsh varieties because the fruit that’s grown up here is likely to do best here," explained founding member Andy Kenyon-Wade.

In other news, TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie will be at RHS Garden Wisley on August 25th to reopen the renovated Agriframes Garden.