The Orchard and Apple Press at Middle Littleton
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn, Worcestershire, has received funding from the Copella Plant & Protect campaign to establish a new orchard - planting over 50 English Apple trees including local varieties.
Two apple presses, complete with their milling equipment exist today in Middle Littleton, although they are no longer in use. One of these is part of the outbuildings of the Tithe Barn while the other is attached to a house in West Side. Local brewing of beer, as well as cider making, was important to a small village community.
The orchard, owned by the National Trust, has been awarded funding from the campaign, which aims to reverse the disappearance of the English Apple following the news that UK orchards have declined by 95% in the last 40 years.
This latest funding further boosts the orchard restoration work that the National Trust has been doing in partnership with several other organisations, including Natural England, over the last couple of years to help protect heritage varieties and wildlife habitats.
We intend to plant a number of varieties in the orchard including: Ashmead Kernel, Worcester Pearmain, Wyken Pippen, Catshead, Ten Commandments.