A particular concern of MAN is to find lost traditional varieties from the Welsh Marches. To help identify unusual varieties MAN has published (or republished) several books on apples and pears.
Apples of the Welsh Marches
This first publication from MAN lists old varieties of apples cultivated in the traditional orchards of the West Midlands and the neighbouring parts of Wales. It includes dessert and culinary apples available for sale by nurseries, but excludes purely cider apples. There are alphabetical lists of ‘local’ apples, with a brief account of each variety, arranged by county or region where they are thought to have originated. Also listed are varieties extensively grown in our area in the past and still to be found in local farm orchards. Seventy nine are listed and described and are accompanied by twenty beautiful colour photographs. Priced at £4, or £5 with post and packing, this very attractive and informative booklet is on sale at all the events which MAN attends. Alternatively download an order form as a Word document or as a PDF.
The Herefordshire Pomona
MAN has republished the 77 colour plates and associated 432 variety descriptions from The Herefordshire Pomona as a “website on a CD”.
Herefordshire Pomona Postcards
Seven attractive plates from the Herefordshire Pomona - three of apples, two of pears and one each of cider apples and perry pears - have been published as postcards. Download an order form as a Word document or as a PDF.
The Vintage Fruit CD
MAN has also published a CD containing descriptions of cider apples and perry pears, known in Herefordshire as Vintage Fruit, taken from hard to obtain books.
Welsh Marches Pomona
Many varieties grown in the Welsh Marches are poorly described in the pomological literature - indeed some have no description at all. As a vital aid to identifying these apples MAN has published Welsh Marches Pomona. More information about this book (and how to order a copy) can be found at www.marcherapple.net/wmp.htm.
Apples and Pears
A wide range of Orcharding Leaflets, in both English and Welsh, are free to download at www.marcherapple.net/leaflet.htm.