Pruning at Shenley Orchard

5 July 1988

Pruning at Shenley Orchard

5 July 1988

Ian Clarke pruning 100 year old pear trees at Shenley Orchard. The orchard has been in the Clarke family over 75 years and they have over 1800 trees, mostly apple and pears.

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Area: North West / Harewood

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Shenley Orchard was the first commercial orchard in Canterbury and probably the first of its kind in the country. Ian's grandfather, Edward Clarke, purchased 5 hectares of the original 140ha from John Stanley's son when they subdivided the farm in to 5 holdings in 1917 and the Clarke family had owned the orchard for more than 70 years. In 1917 only 2 of the 5 ha were used as an orchard. By 1988 Ian Clarke had about 1000 fruit trees to farm mostly apples and pears.

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