The Devon History Society Orchard Project is a DHS initiative to improve documentation of the decline of fruit growing in Devon – particularly East Devon – in the 19th century.  It has now completed transcription of orchard data from Devon tithe apportionments c. 1840, and the summary report is now available.

Around 50 volunteers extracted orchard data from the Devon tithe apportionment transcriptions during November and December 2013. That information covering 470 parishes has now been collated and merged into a database.

The c. 1840 orchard data will be a useful complement to the c. 1890 data gathered by the Devon Historic Environment Service, already analysed by Dr Sam Turner in the Devon County Council Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) of the entire county.;16;17&activeTab=Historic Environment&extent=304603;83626;308619;86211

DCC Historic Landscape Characterisation In order to record and understand the wider historic landscape of the county, Devon County Council and English Heritage have undertaken a Historic Landscape Characterisation project for the county. This has been supported by the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Historic Landscape Characterisation is a method for understanding and mapping the landscape that we see today with reference to its historical development. The Devon project has used digital mapping, which means that the results can be updated in the light of future research.

Grow Veg: Harvesting and Storing Apples Apples are my favourite fruit. This probably stems from childhood memories of when my parents would take me to the local apple orchard to choose from a wonderful range of delicious varieties, most of which were never available on supermarket shelves. We also had a large cooking apple tree in our garden which provided many delicious desserts and as a result I still have a soft spot for home made blackberry and apple crumble with custard! No surprise then that the start of the apple harvest is a time of year I look forward to with great anticipation 

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