The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales

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The Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales is a 2-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and run by the Welsh Perry & Cider Society in partnership with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

If you think you may have an old cider or perry tree or have a story you could tell us about orchards and cider making then please contact us at: heritage@welshcider.co.uk

Community Orchards

Working with 14 community groups across Wales to regenerate old orchards and/or plant new, apple and pear trees are being planted and include Welsh heritage cider and perry varieties suited to the local area. The community groups managing the sites are being supported with skills to maintain or develop the biodiversity of the site, as well as building traditional orchard management skills to pass on to new volunteers and future generations.

Welsh Heritage Apples and Pears

Old unknown varieties of cider and perry trees are being selected for DNA fingerprinting. This allows us to gain genetic data and rule out any duplication of names/varieties. A selection of orchards containing all of the known Welsh cider & perry fruit trees is also being monitored and reported on across the 2-year period for evidence of diseases, general tree health and cropping. Juice from the fruit is being fermented in single variety trials for qualitative analysis - bringing this together in an online catalogue of 'Welsh Heritage Cider and Perry Fruit Varieties'.

The Modern Story of Cider Making in Wales

Capturing the stories that go with the heritage of orcharding and cider making in Wales, this element of the project is being delivered by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales (Cardiff). http://storytelling.research.southwales.ac.uk/heritagecider

Communities, businesses and individuals are being interviewed and the stories recorded and presented online and, where relevant, stored in local and national archives such as People's Collection Wales and St Fagans Museum.If you think you may have an old cider or perry tree or have a story you could tell us about orchards and cider making, then please contact us at:

heritage@welshcider.co.uk

Tel: 01495 240983

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Find out about the 14 Community Orchards we are working with across Wales

Find us at events across Wales and see what our Community Orchards are up to.

Audio and visual snippets of the history of cider making in Wales