An interview with...

George Handley

farmer and orchard owner

Date: 2 October 2008
Interviewed by:
Dave Brown

The Handley family began farming at Heversham Hall in 1876, sixty-eight years before the birth of George. George himself worked on the farm from a very early age, taking over the tenancy from his father in the 1970s. George’s damson orchard was originally planted by his great grandfather and was up to an acre and a half in size at that time. Today, although smaller, the orchard produces up to two tons of damsons in any one year and George thoroughly enjoys picking the crop and preparing it for sale. One of George’s main customers for damsons has been Booths supermarket. George has a real love of farming, but derives particular pleasure from his orchard, a place where ‘I can hide meself…and nobody wants to know me!’

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