ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST..
Just got back from taking Barney for his Sunday morning walkies through the orchards of the Garden of England. Or it was once. We came across a man with a chain saw, busily chopping up apple trees that had been grubbed out of the ground. I asked why. He said that the orchard was now 15 years old and that the apples were no longer being picked as they did not come up to EEC standards.
So, the orchard will disappear and go the same way as the cherry orchard, the pear orchard and the Victoria plum orchard, all of which have vanished in the last couple of years. Pity really - I used to enjoy a bit of scrumping. In all, five orchards are due for the chop and will be replaced by arable crops, which will limit one`s scrumping options somewhat.
Anyway, this is a photo of the doomed apple orchard I took just a month ago - another one bites the dust and another classic Kentish scene will be no more.............
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