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July 2010

  • 17 National Cherry Day

During the 20th century Britain lost 90 per cent of our cherry orchards. But between 2003 and 2008 they increased by 17 per cent. However, despite the good news, the UK still imports around 95 per cent of our cherries. National Cherry Day marks the peak in the British cherry harvest, so why not pick your own or look out for them in farm shops, greengrocers and some supermarkets. [1]

  1. Cherry orchards support other plants and animals. Cherry trees host mistletoe and the blossom and fruit provide nourishment for many birds and insects.
  2. The National Fruit Collection, held at Brogdale Farm is home to more than 300 varieties of cherry. They range in colour from bright scarlet to nearly black.
  3. At the start of the 20th Century there were more than 5,000 ha of cherry orchards in Kent. By the end of the century this was reduced to less than 600 ha.

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