Another thing Herefordshire Council couldn’t care less about
The planned bypass will decimate a unique apple orchard planted by the Pippin Trust as part of the history of Herefordshire’s apple and cider making heritage. The Pippin Trust has identified 114 different apple cultivars, many of which are unique, and had them DNA tested. Volunteers planted 3 of each of these special apple stocks in fields west of Hereford in order to preserve them for future generations. The apple trees are young and being maintained under organic conditions, in line with the older apple orchards around them. Scientists from the big agri-chemical companies come to study these old orchards to find out why these trees, their apples and the insects and birds around them do so well. This week the Hereford Times and the Marcher Apple Network have published reports on the threat that the planned Hereford Bypass poses to this very special Hereford resource. The Bypass will go right through these orchards, taking out and destroying forever many of the trees.