History of Llanblethian orchard
The orchard has been in my family for around 30 years. Originally we grazed horses on the land before beginning to plant the orchard in 2006.
Being low lying land bordering a watercourse the land has probably been used as a meadow for grazing livestock for centuries.
Alongside the land there is public right of way which was used to drive
animals down to drink from the stream when Mount Ida opposite was
grazed. One of the houses in Piccadilly still holds the historic grazing rights
for the common land on Mount Ida.
The previous owners used the land as a riding school. The railway wagon used as a makeshift stable for it is still present near the gate.
From chatting to older residents of Llanblethian at one time previous owners of Dan-Y-Graig used to harvest and sell the watercress from the stream in the orchard.
The previous owners of Dan-Y-Graig also had an old photo of pigs being kept on the land. I really wish I’d asked for a copy before they moved alas.