Top Secret Information: Did you know you can cheat on your Medifast diet without feeling guilty about it? You can: just have an apple! Nutritious, satisfying, chock full of vitamins and minerals, it's hard to go wrong with a good apple. Fresh fruit is a great way to combat feeling hungry when you're on a diet. Plus, as they always say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
NATIONAL FRUIT COLLECTION Brogdale, just outside Faversham in Kent, is home to the National
Fruit Collections, the largest collection of
fruit trees in the world. 1,800 varieties of apple, 550 of pear, 350 of plum, 220 of cherry, 320 varieties of
bush fruit, and smaller collections of nuts and vines, grown in 150 acres of beautiful orchards.
NATIONAL ORCHARD FORUM The National Orchard Forum is a voluntary umbrella organization which represents the 20-30 heritage orchard groups, exchanging information and raising awareness of national orchard issues. It helps to set up orchard groups in parts of the UK where none exist.
BACKYARD FRUIT GROWERS, PENNSYLVANIA The informal association of Backyard Fruit Growers, formed in 1990, is an organization for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who wish to produce excellent fruit for the family, and to respect the backyard environment. Website: www.sas.upenn.edu/~dailey/byfg.html
"GROW IT" MAGAZINE New monthly national gardening mag. aimed at fruit and veg growing enthusiasts.
Nigel (Diversity website owner) has an article on grafting apples in
issue 2, May 07). Website:
TREE SURGERY Arbor Cura, a tree surgery company in Brighton, will plant a free native tree of your choice for every one
they remove. The website is at http://www.arborcura.com/ Tel: 01273-823550 / 07767-333559
The properties of timber from a large variety of trees, including trees not normally grown for their timber,
are given on the Habitat21 site, www.habitat21.co.uk, on the "Sustainability" page.
"Fruitful Prospects - Ripe for the Picking" is the title of
an inspirational book by John Clements. It's full of allusions to
fruit, but it's really a kick-start self-help guide. John has taken
the time to get this book exactly right, and I recommend it strongly.
John's website is at
GARDENERS' HAND LOTION
This is a non-commercial site, but I have been impressed by a product from
the Pioneer Trading Co. of Tattershall, Lincoln: a gardeners' hand lotion, based
on golden emu oil, a natural anti-inflammatory from Australia. It's kind to the
hands and non-greasy.Their website is at