Apple blossom – The Herefordshire Pomona (1878)
As a celebration of the amazing blossom in the new orchard at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre (HARC), there will be an afternoon of activities for all the family on Saturday May 21, from 1-4pm.
Come along to see the community orchard, have a go at the apple quiz and trail, enjoy honey and apple refreshments and try out the crafts.
A special exhibition will also tell the story of local man Thomas Andrew Knight, one of Britain’s most influential botanists who revolutionised horticultural practice and was Herefordshire’s first president of the RHS. He was responsible for revolutionising apple production 200 years ago.
In 1811 he published the Pomona Herefordensis, which is both a scientific document, and a work of art, a truly stunning collection of exquisite botanical illustrations, which we are proud to have on display.
Knight was arguably the most innovative botanist of his age of whom it was said:-
“To the exertions of Knight we are indebted for many of our best fruits”
The afternoon will also host the launch of the Helping Britain Blossom project at HARC.
Peter Norton from the project will talk about how Helping Britain Blossom helps local people create, restore and access orchards.
Orchards create valuable green space in local areas and provide a safe, green space for the local community that can be used for a wide range of activities and celebrations.
For more information on the event visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/archives or call 01432 260750.
For more information on Helping Britain Blossom and how you can get involved please visit www.helpingbritainblossom.org.uk
There is free parking for the event.
Image reference The Herefordshire Pomona, Dr Robert Hogg & Dr Henry Graves Bull, Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, 1878