Sunday, September 15, 2013
This apple grows beside a retired railway line in Southland. At least it did grow there, 3 years ago when I took this photograph. Perhaps it's been cut down, like the one an elderly gentleman rang me about last week. He'd planned to send us scions from what he said was a very special old 'self-sown' apple, growing beside the rail line but couldn't now, as it had been 'removed' as part of the cycle trail development. I've been thinking for some time now, that the national cycle trail presents exciting opportunities for fruit tree enthusiasts like me, to line those tracks with heritage fruit trees that will produce refreshing and invigorating apples, plums, pears and apricots for the tired and dusty riders to enjoy. The chopping down of the tree that seemed destined to become one we could offer to apple-fanciers throughout Southland, is a great shame, especially in light of its other role as a bringer of refreshment to cyclists. I wonder if, with a little more foresight and care, the tree could have been worked-around and kept for the benefit of many. Now that it's gone, it's worth nothing much at all.
I've written a letter to the editor about that tree.
Posted by robertguyton at 9:49 PM