Having discovered a file that refers to the trials and tribulations experienced by a Walnut connoisseur, as she attempts to establish a Walnut paddock of her very own in middle England, early 1980’s. I am intrigued to discover more about her struggles but also about the history surrounding the humble “English” Walnut and it’s hybrids.
As Head Gardener for the current residents of said estate, we care for the remaining 35 of theses trees from the originally planting. Consisting of 20 of each of the following french varieties, Franquette and Parisenne, are now reaching maturity and bearing heavy crops most years.
Originally shipped in from France at great expense the files regularly refer to these trees as the first walnut plantation of it’s kind in the UK? How true this is will become clear as I compile my own article detailing the plight of a Walnut fancier who dreamed of harvesting her own fresh Walnuts from her Manor House Plantation. Sure is going to be an interesting journey and I hope you will enjoy reading it.