Native Apples of Gloucestershire by Charles Martell
, published by Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust, will be available from 26 February.
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Price: £25 softback, £40 hardback plus £3.50 p&p.
This is the first authoritative and comprehensive listing of Gloucestershire apple varieties ever published. The new book - known as a pomona - is
the culmination of 25 years of dedicated research and scholarship by farmer and man of Gloucestershire, Charles Martell.
Following closely on the heels of his volume on pears, published in 2013, Charles's new work fills a huge gap in the county records relating to
traditional apple orchard cultivation and conservation.
Rather embarrassingly, Herefordshire saw the emergence of their famous county pomona in 1876!
Keith Turner, Chairman of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, comments:
"This is a truly exciting day for us - and Gloucestershire. The new book is a fantastic achievement by
Charles and will provide a near definitive account of nearly 200 indigenous varieties of
Gloucestershire apples. Charles has re-discovered and propagated 106 of these varieties which now
form the National Collection of Gloucestershire apples, and planted them on his farm at Dymock.
Some varieties go back hundreds of years and include those known for eating, used in the kitchen or
for cider making. But all are examples - some unique - of fruit developed to fit the soils, climate and
economics of the county. Within their diversity are priceless genetic characteristics which must be
The book, entitled "Native Apples of Gloucestershire", is available in both hardback and softback
and contains reference photographs, drawings, detailed descriptive notes and recognition data for each
variety. A mass of information has been sourced, verified and checked over the years. Design and
printing of the work has been entrusted to Gloucester's Severn Press - and special thanks are due to
David Pealing for his expertise and patience!
Finally, Charles Martell is keen to stress the value of recording this living archive of apples:
"I believe passionately in saving every scrap of relevant information about the amazing heritage this
county has in orchard fruit. With the loss of so many traditional varieties and their orchards continuing
apace, unless we take urgent steps now to protect our horticultural and cultural history, it could, very
easily, be lost for ever."
The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust are proud to be involved in the project.
Both are in receipt of support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
Charles' Perry Pear pomona
, Pears of Gloucestershire and the Three Counties (2013) is also available from GOT
(£20 softback, £30 hardback plus £3.50 p&p).