Growers visit France to see new fruit tree varieties and techniques

A group of 18 fruit growers and industry representatives travelled to France last week to visit the nurseries and orchards of Pepinieres du Valois (PdV).

The two-day trip was organised by Kent-based fruit tree supplier JR Breach to give people the chance to see the young trees they have ordered from PdV's nurseries in Villers-Cotterets - 80km north-east of Paris.

The group, which included representatives from Newmafruit and Fruitlink, was able to see some of the new varieties being trialled by the PdV as well as some of its growing techniques on its commercial orchards.

JR Breach representative Peter Breach told Grower: "We saw maiden trees growing and also two-year-old knipboom trees. Some of the growers were able to see the very trees that they will be having delivered this autumn."These include Galaxy Gala, Cameo, Cox and Bramley.

In PdV's experimental orchards, the growers also viewed trials of several promising varieties and rootstocks, including new early variety Galmac and Jugala, an early sport of Gala that picks five to six days before it.


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