It makes me sad to think that these gorgeous trees, photographed when I visited there on a drizzly day in 2012, are now gone or soon to be gone.
I have a cousin who owns an apple and pear orchard and he is currently busy removing all his trees. This orchard has been here for over one hundred years and used to be surrounded by other orchards and farmland.
Now it is an island amidst sprawling urban development. People complain bitterly when the hail cannon is used all night, and spray drift is a major problem (and remember that orchardists must spray if they wish to export).
Add to this the issue of continual low prices and rising overheads, the difficulty of obtaining casual labour, my cousin’s increasing age and the fact that no-one else in the family wishes to take on the business, and I can sympathize with the hard decision my cousin and wife have had to make.
The land will be put down in grassland first, and it will no doubt not be long before subdivision begins.
Progress and change are a continual process and I must not complain. When my grandfather established this orchard, he had to break in the land first. That was progress and a huge change in the way the land was used and was really very little different to what is happening today.
It is Black Friday today, the 13 May. I’m so glad I am not superstitious or I might blame it for not letting me comment on anybody’s blog at the moment!
Hope you have a great day 😊