A new book has been published which celebrates the cultivation of apples in Sussex since Roman times. Apples and Orchards in Sussex, now available from bookshops, reflects the new enthusiasm for fruit growing in the county as well as its historical precedent.
It describes how as recently as the 1950s a dense network of orchards – big and small, urban and rural – spread right across Sussex. These formed a valued part of everyday lives and were hospitable to wildlife too. Now, say the authors, is the time to re-establish private and community orchards as a living resource for everyone. The book gives detailed descriptions of all Sussex apple varieties and is the first cultural history of apples and orchards in the county. There are stories from professional growers, gardeners, naturalists and community orchards, exploring our rich and enduring relationship with this amazingly varied fruit.
There’s advice on planting your own apple trees, joining a community orchard and finding and enjoying local fruit, juice and cider. It describes how orchards can help to fight climate change while boosting wellbeing and personal health and provide a beautiful, green place for people to enjoy.
It was produced as part of the Local Fruit Futures, a National Lottery-funded community food and growing project run by Action in Rural Sussex. Apples and Orchards in Sussex costs £15. The ISBN number is: 978-1-873850-23-7