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The question I’m going to ask you is a curiosity and I’m having a hard time finding information about it; maybe I didn’t know how to search well. I clarify that I am Spanish and although the English language is not unknown to me to access certain information is not easy. I am looking for the name and as much information as possible about the apple varieties that the musician Gerald Finzi cultivated on his farm in Aldbourne, Wiltshire. It’s a historical curiosity, mixed with my interest in music and one of my first works, fruit growing. I would be very grateful if you could help me.

José María Bárcena Álvarez

 

The composer Gerald Finzi collected varieties of apples and other fruits, which he planted in his Wiltshire orchard. He was a member of a group of enthusiasts who set out to rescue old fruit varieties and especially apples that they remembered, but which were fast disappearing from orchards and gardens. They were active in the 1940s and 1950s and led by Philip Morton Shand, a linguist and writer on modern architecture, wine and food. Other key players were the architect [Sir] Leslie Martin and a Miss Holliday who lived in Yorkshire. Shand wrote articles, made a broadcast and organised a network of helpers all over the country. The group built up their own collections and their discoveries of ‘rare’ fruits were given to the Fruit Collection at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley, Surrey the forerunner of today’s National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, Kent. For more details on the Collection see: Morgan, J., ‘Orchard Archives: The National Fruit Collection’ in Occasional Papers from the RHS Lindley Library, vol 7, pp.3-30, 2012

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