Traditional orchards have been part of our Three Counties landscape for hundreds of years. Whilst the trees may have been replaced the orchards have stayed in the same spot for centuries. Planted to suit local soils and climate and to meet local needs, they reflect the areas they grow in. Some of the fruits have given rise to place names and many of them are tied up with local customs, recipes, songs and stories.

Watch this short video to see how Colwall have bought the village wassail back to life.

We want to celebrate the part they have played over time and to help people understand just how much they have helped to shape social history. If people value their past they are much more likely to help us make sure they are still around in the future.

You can help us with this by getting involved with our heritage and history project, joining us on our orchard history discovery walks, digging for clues in the local archive offices or even submitting your very own digital story.

See Martin Hayes’ example of a digital story below.