Kingston’s Apple Story – Alison Fure

I am apple. I am somewhat ovate, my skin is thinly strewed with minute brown dots, interspersed with slight patches of delicate russet; but faintly mottled on the side exposed to the sun.

My ‘wassail’ or pomological tale begins when orchards thrived in the districts of Norbiton, Hook, Chessington, Coombe and Tolworth; well before the closure of the Apple Market.

Kingston’s Apple Story:
By a Michelson’s Seedling
Alison Fure
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Series editor: Lucy Furlong
Published May 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-51-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Seethingography imprint chapbook 3

Alison Fure is a field ecologist specialising in bats. She is a director at Kingston Environment Centre and a licence trainer for the London Bat Group.

She believes that orchards can help soften the impact of urbanisation; if each child could plant an apple tree – in their name – it would halt the spread of ‘green desert’.

Contact Alison at



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