WHAT ARE ORCHARDS?
Orchards are the intentional planting of trees for the production of fruit.
Apples, pears, plums, oranges, lemons etc. In this country apples are the most common fruit to be found in an orchard.
The Romans made the first orchards. In medieval times monesteries always had extensive orchards but Henry VIII's reformation distroyed a great many of them.
There are more than 3000 different varieties of apples in the UK alone.
Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Sommerset have the most orchards in the UK, with Sommerset being most famous for it's production of cider from apples and perry from pears.