My name is Simon and I run Hedgerow Preserves. My early inspiration for starting my business came from an interest in the rare fruits found in hedgerows that are often overlooked. Fruits like the Medlar, common in medieval times. My jams jellies, maramalades and chutneys are made in small batches, and I use my knowledge of traditional preserving techniques to make my products, slowly, trying not to use pectin other than that found in the fruit itself We use mainly use seasonal local ingredients, often picking our own, supporting local farmers, so that the buy local ethos is supported. Where possible the handpicked fruit is picked and cooked on the same day to ensure as fresh as possible. We also gather from the hedgerow in the time honoured way.