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Bill Bleasdale - revised and expanded!

“How to grow Apples and Make Cider including Grow Pears and Make Perry” Second Edition to be launched at the Smallholder & Garden Festival, Royal  Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on 20th May 2012

Bill Bleasdale’s acclaimed book has been expanded and fully revised. The first edition was a great hit with tree growers, art lovers and the public, and the second edition is being released to coincide with the popular smallholder event at the Royal Welsh showground.

The book is full of hand-drawn illustrations of orchards, tree planting and cider making.  As well as being extremely informative, this small volume has much humour, and is sure to inspire anyone to have a go at making cider or perry. From planting trees and caring for them to enjoying your finished glass of cider, Bill’s vast experience is there to guide you, including full details of the equipment needed.

40 pages of words and hand drawn pictures are packed with all the information needed to grow the fruit and turn it into 100% live natural Cider and Perry without the use of added sugars, yeast or sulphites.

At Welsh Mountain Orchards, Bill Bleasdale is on a mission to persuade landowners of the economic and environmental benefits of planting fruit trees. This book describes minimum intervention tree planting methods that can be used by anyone, from farmers who want to add an additional crop to their land, to people who just want to plant one or two trees for home use.   Bill says “We’ve been involved in the planting of many acres of orchards in the last couple of years, and we are looking to plant more trees to supply our burgeoning cider business, as well as encourage people to make Cider and Perry at home, or start their own small scale businesses”.

Bill Bleasdale is a second-generation cider maker: his father makes traditional cider in Somerset.  He has taken that knowledge with him and along with his wife, Chava, now makes excellent real cider in the Cambrian Mountains in Mid-Wales.  As well as making cider, Bill and Chava run an apple and pear tree nursery which stocks hundreds of varieties of cider, perry, eating and cooking fruit (many rare and in danger of being lost) from Wales, the West Country, Herefordshire, and around the UK.

For more information about the book, tree growing and making cider, perry or juice, contact Bill Bleasdale or Chava Richman.

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Welsh Mountain Books, Prospect Orchard, Prospect,

Newchapel, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6JY



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