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Calling Welsh Orchard Owners – Wales Heritage Orchards Ltd & The National Botanic Garden of Wales Needs You!

Wales Heritage Orchards (WHO) Ltd, a community interest company (CIC) and Horticulture Wales have been jointly promoting Welsh Heritage Variety fruit trees across Wales, with many orchards having been planted recently.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire is a centre for plant research, conservation, education and horticulture. Recently they have been working with Ainsleigh Rice and Dr Danny Thorogood of Aberystwyth University and a Wales Heritage Orchard director, to develop a reference collection of Welsh apple varieties for the nation.

Alex Summers, NBGW, Curator said: “This year we have planted over 110 apple rootstocks in our Orchard for the Celtic Nations. In the winter of 2023 we will graft Welsh apple varieties onto these, and I am excited to see this grow into a reference collection for Wales for current and future generations.”

Wales Heritage Orchards Ltd. plans to work in collaboration with the National Botanic Gardens to further define Welsh apple varieties and their characteristics and would like orchard owners across Wales to be involved and to join them at an upcoming meeting.

Meeting on 23 March

On 23 March at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, the team will be asking questions such as which are the best eaters, cookers, juicers and keepers; what varieties regional favourites are and much more.  Anyone with an interest in Heritage Orchard is warmly invited to attend. If you are interested, please confirm your attendance by emailing

Speakers will include Ainsleigh Rice from the Marcher Apple Network, Alex Summers from the National Botanic Garden of Wales and WHO Ltd members.  There will also be an opportunity to take a tour in the Gogerddan Museum Orchard.

Jane Edwards, a WHO founder and part of the Horticulture Wales Team, said, ‘Our last Wales Heritage Orchards meeting took place just before lockdown at IBERS.  There was so much expertise and enthusiasm in the room we just had to create WHO Ltd, the Community Interest Company.  Collaborating with the National Botanic Garden of Wales is the next step to raise awareness of our wonderful Welsh varieties and gather opinions to help update existing pomona records.  We hope to welcome many of our members and anyone else with an interest to the meeting on 23 March. It’s a great opportunity to talk everything apple.’

To book your place please email



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