By Claire Masset
(Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747808381, 56pp.)
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
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Some of Britain's surviving orchards are almost 600 years old. But when did orchards first appear? Why are there over 3,000 varieties of apple, so varied in colour, shape, texture and taste? What is wassailing and who did it? Why has England lost almost two-thirds of its orchards since 1950 - and what is being done about it today? This beautifully illustrated book reveals the engaging story and rich diversity of Britain's orchards and answers many intriguing questions along the way.