Our Gloucestershire Pomona series sets out to document the fruit varieties of our area and the activities associated with those orchards. Current titles are described below – a volume on Plums is due in 2018. To buy any of these books please visit our Bookshop page.
Pears of Gloucestershire and Perry Pears of the Three Counties
by Charles Martell (2013)
Volume 1 of the Gloucestershire Pomona series
Description and colour photographs of the varieties in the National collection (209pp + index)
This book is a by-product of the hunt to track down and propagate the many varieties of ‘lost’ perry pears which are now to be found growing in the National Perry Pear Collections at Hartpury and Malvern.
After many years of painstaking research, Charles has published the most up-to-date and complete reference book on the perry pears of the Three Counties, the main perry growing district of Britain.
It includes pictures, drawings and full botanical descriptions of all the varieties which are still known to exist. It also includes information on many that are thought to be lost or extinct, together with alternative names and history of each variety. Order on our Bookshop page.
Native Apples of Gloucestershire
by Charles Martell (2014)
Volume 3 of the Gloucestershire Pomona series
Description and colour photographs of the varieties in the Gloucestershire collection (242pp + index). Order on our Bookshop page.
Memories of Life as an Itinerant
by Martin Hayes (2016)
Drawing on his personal experiences as an itinerant, Martin describes life on the road and work in the field, providing a highly colourful description of a rapidly changing countryside (54pp). Order on our Bookshop page.
Orchards – Those Other Industries
by Jim Chapman (2016)
Jim briefly considers how the availability of transport and a market, the mill and press and the development of the glass bottle have supported orchards and affected the choice of fruit grown (pp35).
Order on our Bookshop page.