By Brian Short with Peter May, Gail Vines and Anne-Marie Bur
Published by Action in Rural Sussex and Brighton Permaculture Trust
Price £5.00. Available from: www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk
ISBN 9 781873 850237
Who would have thought a book about apples could be so fascinating. Brian Short and his team have brought together a vast collection of interesting historical and botanical facts and maps in a beautifully illustrated volume. Did you know, for example, The Bishop of Durham grew twenty-one varieties at Glynde Place in 1754? Or that Worthing had numerous orchards as recently as the 1920s – all now grubbed up to make way for housing? Cider-making was big business, especially when it was found to stave off scurvy. It was even approved by Puritans. There’s a lot of social history in this book from Roman times to the present day.