The orchard at Hardy's Cottage

Apple trees in a garden

The apples are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. In the grounds you can see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children. Thomas Hardy and his siblings loved climbing these trees; in the poem 'Logs on the hearth' he recalls the end of one of favourite trees.

Logs on the hearth

'The fire advances along the log

Of the tree we felled, 

Which bloomed and bore striped apples by the peck

Till its last hour of bearing knelled.'