British Heritage Apples Making a Comeback

British apple boom brings back hundreds of forgotten varieties

"Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market.

"According to Steve Oram, who is the apple diversity officer at the wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species:  'We are adding new orchards to the register all the time. Some are in allotments, others in schools and even housing developments.

“'After the postwar years of neglect and destruction, when 90% of the UK’s orchards were lost and supermarkets sold only a few varieties and imported 70 to 80% of their apples, it is very exciting.'”

Off-hand, I don't know of anyone doing community orchards around here.

Blueberry's picture

There are several places in the US that sell old varieties and old pear varieties.