Orchard Roots: Apple Day in the Quantocks
While across the UK orchards have declined by as much as 63% in the past half century, places like Somerset can still boast more than their fair share of apple trees. The Quantock Hills, to the west of Bridgwater, aren't known for their orchards, but studies suggest they might have covered more of the Quantocks than previously thought.
To look at this further, the AHRC funded The Orchard Roots Project, which established a partnership between the Quantock Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Service and the University of Bristol’s Department of Historical Studies.
As part of this collaboration, an Apple Heritage Day was held at Fyne Court near Bridgwater. At this community knowledge sharing event, the researchers communicated their findings and encouraged local people to explore the importance of this fruit to the past, present and future of their landscape.