Dilwyn Agriculture

osrapeThe parish of Dilwyn is dominated by agricultural land. Farming is a mix of arable and pastoral land, interspersed with many orchards. Arable crops are dominated by cereals, oil seed rape and potatoes. Special potato crops are grown to make Tyrrell's Crisps at the factory at Tyrrell's Court farm. Herefordshire is famous for the white faced Hereford breed of cattle. The breed originated in nearby Kings Pyon and the breed is now established all over the world.
herefordbull In the parish, at the Haven, the Lewis family have the oldest family owned Pedigree Hereford Herd in the world. The parish once had many orchards but, although many small old orchards still survive, a lot were lost. However, due to the modern demand for cider, many new orchards have been planted - mainly around Alton Court and Field's Place. When in blossom, both old and new orchards put on a spectacular show. Sheep are not permitted in the new commercial orchards but can often be found grazing in the older orchards.

Although agriculture is the principal economic activity of the parish it also provides wonderful scenery throughout the parish as demonstrated by the pictures on this page. Although methods and practices have changed, agriculture has been the core activity of the parish for over a thousand years.

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