Putley’s fruitful legacy

Putley, in Herefordshire, has been associated with fruit production since John Riley moved to the manor in 1872.  

He acquired 300 acres on which he grew crops including hops, apples and pears.  Fruit was sent by train to Ashperton and on to London.  The importance of fruit to the parish is noted by carvings in the parish church.

In recent times, it has become a focal point for celebrations, including tasting of the fruits of the product. Putley, a village in North Herefordshire, has put on a celebration in recent years called The Big Apple, in May. There is also waissailing in January.

For 2022, local resident Norman Stanier organised three local walks so that visitors could explore the delights. He then walked these routes with local tree wardens, including Sally Webster, Tree Warden for Putley, who then acted as guides over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

There was a great opportunity to take photos on the way, and we hope to repeat the event in future years.

Thank you to Sally for taking these photos and sharing them with us.                                       

Picturesque at any time of day – the routes have been walked by local tree wardens who then acted as guides for visitors
Importance of fruit trees to the village, reflected in carvings
Apples, pears and other fruit trees produce a display of colour ahead of setting fruit for the autumn, along the trails in Putley
There are plenty of great photo opportunities along the three routes
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