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THE FOOD & DRINK OF HEREFORDSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE & GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Discover The Marches

According to the Forestry Commission, The Marches extends from just north of Shrewsbury south to Leominster and across to the Welsh border

According to the Forestry Commission, The Marches extends from just north of Shrewsbury south to Leominster and across to the Welsh border. Counties include Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire

Often described as ‘neither Welsh nor English’, The Marches are a cluster of rural counties that form the boundary between England and Wales. This is where much British farming takes place, and where several iconic British food and drink products are grown and handmade.

A common sight in The Marches is Hereford cattle

A common sight in The Marches is Hereford cattle

Tractors, cows and sheep are a common sight on these rolling green landscapes. And golden valleys are swathed with fields and crops such as rapeseed, corn, wheat and potatoes. You’ll also find cider apple and pear orchards, as well as fruit farms that grow an abundance of blackcurrants, raspberries, redcurrants, cranberries and great British rhubarb.

Secluded setting of Brinsop Court makes it ideal for weekends that really mean you're getting away

800 acres of Herefordshire landscape surrounds Brinsop Court, an ideal location for quiet weekend breaks

Famous produce to come from The Marches includes Hereford cattle, the ciders of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucester and Worcester, Wye Valley asparagus, jams and chutneys. There are several cheeses from The Marches, such as Hereford Hop, Ludlow Blue, Smarts Double Gloucester, and Old Worcester White.

Hereford cattle, Wye Valley asparagus and the majestic Mr Pheasant (above) all come from The Marches

The Marches are also home to iconic birds such as pheasants, duck, partridge and woodcock and are beautiful to watch flying around on a warm, sunny morning in autumn and winter. Occasionally they go for a little wander on the country roads before flapping out of sight at the first sign of a car.

The Marches are known to be some of the quietest counties of the UK. Away from the hustle and bustle of cities but home to the best kept secrets of Britain’s food and drink industry.

Once Upon a Tree's Dragon Orchard where cider apples make its award-winning sparkling ciders

For more about The Marches here are some websites to help:

Discover Herefordshire

Discover Shropshire

Days out in Gloucestershire

Days out in Worcester

Walking trails in The Marches by the Forestry Commission

Article about The Marches on BBC’s Countryfile website by Neil Coates

Mr Pheasant's bird-ict: Whatever you happen to do when you visit The Marches, there will something for everyone!

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: Whatever you happen to do when you visit The Marches, there will something for everyone!

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