Orchards - Those Other Industries by Jim Chapman (2016
as part of the Gloucestershire Pomona Series, published by Hartpury Heritage Trust in association with the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
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Jim briefly considers how the availability of transport and a market, the mill and press and the development of the glass bottle have supported orchards and affected the choice of fruit grown (pp35)
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if you would like to purchase a copy.Memories of Life as an Itinerant by Martin Hayes (March 2016)
as part of the Gloucestershire Pomona Series, published by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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“This book is about a part of our rural social history which is rarely documented. Awareness of those known as “itinerants” - often labelled casual workers - in agriculture and horticulture has been present for a great many years. Much of our seasonal food and produce has depended on their role in tending and harvesting a wealth of different crops - from potatoes to hops and cherries to apples. They are, in many ways, one of the unsung heroes of reaping our rich and varied rural largess. Martin Hayes is one of those heroes who has, in today’s parlance, “been there, done that”. He has put together this valuable, highly personal, record of his extended time as an itinerant, criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country. He brings his experiences in this often hidden world of the countryside in recounting the characters, cultures and comedies of this fascinating aspect of rural life. Such first hand and sharply drawn accounts are rare and it provides highly colourful pictures in words of a rapidly changing countryside which must find a place in our national rural archive. Martin is now renowned across the Three Counties as a true expert in the practical management of our remaining traditional orchards, equally at home with apples and pears of all types, not to mention many other kinds of fruit trees. He devotes a great deal of his time and expertise in supporting the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust in both a practical and consultative capacity.
Keith Turner, Chairman of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.”