Every year MAN members receive a free newsletter. Each newsletter is a mine of information and covers many aspects of MAN’s work. The following list of contents from the 2002 newsletter is typical.
Every year MAN members receive a free newsletter which is a mine of information and which covers many interesting topics. The following is a digest of the 2003 newsletter.
Each year, in August, MAN produces a newsletter for its members which contains details of activities and knowledgeable articles on many aspects related to apples, pears and orchards. The following is a digest of the 2004 newsletter.
I have always been keenly aware of weather and at one time did the recording and sent in the records daily by telephone from the weather station at Glenmore Lodge, the Outdoor Activity Centre for the Scottish Council of Physical Recreation, where I instructed in Field Studies. For the last 25 years I have received copies of the monthly weather records and Annual Reports, recorded, from 1972 by John Goodger, Head of Science at Gwernyfed School, from the local weather station there. In 1978, it was moved to his smallholding at Felindre, which is situated between Glasbury and Talgarth, in Powys. These are very useful and variations of rainfall, snow cover, late frosts, drought periods, etc often account for variations in flowering times of local plants of interest to me.
So far this year the weather in South Cheshire has been positively Mediterranean. We had a little bit of snow in January, but even this proved to be helpful. The snow was wet and sticky, and as it melted and slid off the roof of our polytunnel it took most of the algal growth and grime with it. This polytunnel is home to our collection of peaches, nectarines, grapes and figs. The improved light levels after the natural cleaning process will certainly be beneficial to the fruit trees’ photosynthesis.
Christopher Boddington, who farms in the south-west of France, describes how the French manage the conservation of ancient apple varieties.
The Government recently announced additions to its biodiversity action plan list of species. Amongst them was the apple tooth fungus Sarcodontia crocea. Something for MAN to get its teeth into I thought but as I knew nothing about it, was unsure as to what we could do.
The second year of our village’s juicing and orchard venture proved overwhelmingly successful. We anticipated a slow build up of demand for our juicing facilities, mainly from the fruit trees that village members have planted over the last few years. Instead we had requests for our services from growers up to forty miles away. After four exhausting days and some hundreds of litres of juice produced, our team of volunteers were wondering whether we harboured a cuckoo in our village nest.