Jam today … and tomorrow

Photographs: Charles Francis   October 2014: The lichen-covered trees in the old orchards around Coombe Creek are laden with dark, damson-like fruit. Nick Coley gives one of the trees a good shake. You can’t hurry a Kea plum – but on this sunny August afternoon,...

Mistletoe and wassail: it’s Christmas at Cotehele

Photographs: Charles Francis   December 2016: There will be much carousing and banging of drums in the orchards at Cotehele seven days before Christmas. This traditional wassail ceremony is all about encouraging the trees to produce a good crop of apples next...