Re: How Do I Survey An Apple Orchard
Here's an example of a grid for our Piper's orchard (an antique orchard) in Seattle: http://pipersorchard.files.wordpress.co ... rd-map.pdf
How much time do you have? After mapping the varieties and noting height, width, quality, etc. as John noted in a previous post, then you need to find someone who can help you identify the varieties.....someone in one of the large horticulture departments there in the U.K. will know of who the local guru is that can help you identify these old apples....maybe you should start saving three or four of these apples now from each tree and refrigerate them for future reference.
In Seattle, we are trying our hand at being able to ID apples with the help of computer info. http://www.seattletreefruitsociety.com/appleid.php
My suggestion is do the easy stuff first in the way of mapping what you know, and then if you have the time, find an expert for the hard part of deciding what the varieties are.
If you discover a long-lost and extremely valuable heirloom, please forward your donation to the Home Orchard Society.....(and yes, every paragraph other than this last one was serious).