Kent apple orchard

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This panorama was originally intended to be my contribution to the World Wide Panorama event for September 2007, on the theme of 'Sustenance', until I spotted the kitesurfers that I decided to feature instead.

Long known as 'The Garden of England', Kent has been one of the country's main fruit growing areas for centuries. Foreign imports and falling prices have seen the demise of many orchards in the last fifty years, however, and even amidst this bumper crop there were signs that all was not well. Beyond the rows of trees were stacks of disintegrating crates, and vast numbers of over-ripe windfall apples were slowly decaying, filling the air with the heady scent of cider. It's ironic that a traditional industry which has provided sustenance to the country for so long now finds itself fighting to sustain its own existence.

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