...is for Orchard...
...a rare sight these days. At one time many villages and farms would have had an orchard to provide the community or a family with a source of fruit and sometimes nuts. This orchard is mainly apple with a few pear trees. The trees would be grown as standards* with grassland underneath which was grazed by livestock or cut for hay. Most of the orchards that are still around today predate the second world war when small scale mixed farming was the dominant form of farming. Sadly they are now very much in decline as a result of funding to make land more productive, which often meant they were destroyed or because they are often positioned near to villages and towns and are vulnerable to development, they are classed as agricultural land so have limited legal protection. I was lucky enough to work right next to an old orchard as my office was in a converted farm building. We still go and pick the apples every year.
Joining in with the Alphabet Photography Project.
*a tree that is large about 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide and therefore widely spaced in an orchard setting, with a crown high enough to allow animals to graze beneath without them reaching the branches.