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Alan Debenham says Beauty of Bath apple response a success
2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Somerset
CALLS to alert people to a rare apple species in Taunton have proved an unprecedented success, says the man who made them.
In the August 8 edition of the County Gazette, Green Party campaigner and former Taunton councillor Alan Debenham made a bid to ramp up local enthusiasm for the Beauty of Bath, an apple species he believes is neglected and verging on extinction.
Unusal for ripening in June, weeks ahead of the typical season, Alan, who used to pick Beauty of Baths as a boy in Bungay, Suffolk, was rallying against the loss of the apple, which no longer has “a commercial quality”.
Since calling for others to join him in uncovering and protecting the Beauty of Bath, Mr Debenham has been inundated with responses, he says.
“Because of the article and picture I have discovered that The Beauty of Bath is a little bit more prominent and a little bit less extinct than I thought.
“I have had as many as 25 people ring me to tell me they have got the tree around Taunton, Wellington, Kingston St Mary, Spaxton and West Hatch, so there’s quite a number still in existence.
“I think there are also a couple of nurseries that have phoned me to say that the Beauty of Bath is still available.
He adds: “But most people agree with me that they have got that specialist quality, of being by far the earliest apple, but also that they’re very tasty, and enjoy them.”
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