The Campden Society have started picking the brains of fruit tree experts, including our very own Geoff Carr, to help us identify and name all 87 trees in the orchard. Geoff tells us, “Quite a few trees in the orchard have been identified in the past by sending fruit samples to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale. However we have at least a dozen trees that remain unidentified – most of them well over 100 years old. The orchard is living genetic museum and it would be great to find out which varieties we have, as there may be some rare and interesting varieties.” He added, “DNA testing is now much more readily available and affordable, so we would like to send leaf samples for analysis from all the unknown trees.
A number of people have asked if they can donate towards the work taking place in the orchard, so we’re hoping we can fundraise for this project and complete our Fruit Tree ID by the end of the year.” If you would like to support the ‘Fruit Tree ID’, £30 will cover the cost of one professional DNA test; or £50 will cover the cost of the DNA test plus a new metal, etched name-plate for the tree.
Please email [email protected] for bank transfer details or send cheques written out to ‘The Campden Society’ to Fruit Tree ID Appeal, The Campden Society, The Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden. If you would like to consider joining us as a volunteer, please contact our volunteer co-ordinator, Donna Evans on [email protected] or 07867 361180. No expertise necessary! Update from Julianne Davis – Vice Chair Campden Society and Chair of Wolds End Orchard Sub Committee.