"One of the worst crops of apples for years..." That's what the Mid Sussex Times is calling this year's apple harvest.
Blaming the poor harvest on the unusually wet and windy weather this summer, which deterred bees from doing their crucial cross-pollination work, the Times suggests that those who are planning to make apple crumbles and such may be out of luck.
Bryn Thomas of Brighton Permaculture Trust agrees, noting that "our crop of apples at Stanmer is just 2% of what it was last year." The Trust has issued a request for fruit in advance of their annual celebration of all things apple, Apple Day at Stanmer Park.
The Trust has recently collaborated in a book that celebrates the rich history of apples in the area. Apples & Orchards in Sussex, by Brian Short with contributions by Peter May, Anne-Marie Bur, and Gail Vines, will be launching at Apple Day on Sunday 30 September. Signed copies will be available.