Damson Blossom

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Damson Blossom in The Lyth Valley, Cumbria.

Damsons are relatively small plum-like fruit with a distinctive taste, and are widely used for culinary purposes, particularly in fruit preserves or jam. 

In addition to providing fruit, the damson makes a tough hedge or windbreak, and it became the favoured hedging tree in certain parts of the country such as Shropshire and Kent. Elsewhere damsons were used in orchards to protect less hardy trees, though orchards entirely composed of damson trees were a feature of some areas, notably the Lyth Valley in Cumbria.

The fruit has been grown and harvested in the Lyth and Winster valleys for generations. The orchards surround farms and trees grow beside stone walls and hedgerows, producing white blossom in spring and the distinctive tasting purple fruit in late summer.

The Lyth Valley holds a Damson Day Fair which regularly attracts up to 3,000 visitors. This year the event will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017. 

Visit : https://www.facebook.com/damsonday/ for more info.

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