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Welsh Vegetable Project

 Welsh Vegetable project report (Word doc) 8.00 Mb 

 Welsh Vegetable project report (PDF)  519.82 Kb

The Welsh Vegetable project

Several years ago the Heritage Seed Library did a UK wide call for seed so that they could store and maintain seeds to preserve our diversity of vegetables. At the time of appeal, there were not many seeds donated in from Wales.

In 2010, we continued that search for seeds special to Wales and with the seeds that were donated in to us, we trialled them with growers in Powys. For more information, read the project report above.

August trial tomatoes







Growing Fruit in Powys

applesAre you thinking of planting an orchard?

More and more people are recognising the importance of orchards and their potential to enhance the landscape, increase biodiversity, provide local food and bring communities together.

Sadly however, fruit growing in Wales has dwindled in recent decades, along with the associated knowledge and skills. Many varieties which thrive in southern parts of the UK do not do well in the wet Powys climate, so there is a need to revive our local knowledge of fruit growing.

In response to this the Dyfi Valley Seed Savers conducted a survey of orchards in Powys (funded by Glasu) from 2009 to 2010. We surveyed 22 orchards and gathered the experiences of fruit growers all over Powys.

The results are included in our report 'Growing Fruit in Powys'. We hope it will enable future orchardists to make more informed decisions, by learning from those who are already growing fruit in our locality.

Download the report here:

The report includes -

  • Details of the survey and results

  • Advice on planning your orchard

  • Recommended apple, pear and plum varieties for Wales

  • Case studies of real people and their orchards

  • Information on grants for planting fruit trees

  • Advice on earning an income from fruit growing

  • A comprehensive list of resources



  • Appendix I - The Survey Data

     Appendix II - The Questionnaire  297.36 Kb 



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Dyfi Valley Seed Savers
DVSS leafletDyfi Valley Seed Savers is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, and run mainly by volunteers. We promote the saving and swapping of seed with the aim of...
  • preserving old or unusual vegetables;
  • nurturing our local knowledge and plant heritage;
  • promoting sustainable gardening and a flourishing local community.