My ancestor, viscount Scudamore, is credited with introducing cider apples from France to the UK in the 17th century. In a small way it felt like history repeating itself when I travelled to France in 2010 to select three varieties of Perry pears. In the winter of 2021 we thinned 60% of our Pear trees, allowing them more light and air and enabling Shake & catch harvesting whereas our "Invincible" and "Williams" dessert / juicing pears were selected from the start for the 2017 agroforestry plantings because of their growth habit and juicing quality.

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