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Denbigh Plum growing in Tefnant, Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire, Wales

I live in the Vale of Clwyd and grow the Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum, now officially recognised as the only Welsh plum. My question is: what relationship is the Cox’s Emperor Plum or Queen’s Crown plum to the Denbigh Plum as they apparently all originated from Denbigh in the 18th/19th century. Are they just similar or are they the same plum genetically? Is there any record at the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale of these Denbigh plums.

On a different note, I have had the problem of an enormous crop of plums this year in the Vale of Clwyd, starting with Opal, followed by Jubileum and Victoria then the Denbigh plum, all of which I donated to the annual Denbigh Plum Festival (5th October).

At peculiar odds with the huge crop from the aforementioned plums, however, my 10 year old Marjorie’s Seedling plum has a poor crop, the first plums are just about ripening this week but they are not the quantity, quality or size of last year. I think the problem was it flowered much later than other plums and during a wet spell.

The 20 year old half standard Victoria plum tree next to it had its largest crop ever, (this despite some pretty drastic thinning) of mostly superb sweet plums. My problem was in getting help to pick them and give them away. My freezer is also overfilled!

My eldest brother who lives in the Midlands informed me the annual Pershore Plum Festival had to be cancelled this year because of a failed plum harvest in the Vale of Evesham!

Philip Lunt

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