History of our orchard
We began planting our orchard in the winter of 2006.
The first year we planted a test orchard of 11 traditional cider apple varieties on the sloped land next to Dan-Y-Graig (shown opposite).
Proving successful, the next year the old ditches on the land were cleared and raised mounds were constructed opposite the river Thaw to plant on.
The idea for the raised mounds came from visiting historic orchards on the Gwent levels with Arfur Daley of Gwatkins cider.
These orchards were planted on raised ridges to keep the roots above winter flooding on the low lying ground of the Gwent levels.
When we planted the orchard the Welsh apple and pear varieties were only just starting to be rediscovered by the Welsh perry and cider society and as such little reliable information was available about them. From growing several of the Welsh varieties I can tell you the initial descriptions left a lot to be desired!