Orchard groups, produce and services in the East Midlands.

Derbyshire

Derbyshire orchard groups

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Orchard services and produce in Derbyshire

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  • Calke Abbey, National Trust – The orchard in the 18th century walled garden is located at the eastern end of the lower kitchen garden. This restored orchard contains twenty-three varieties of apples including thirteen varieties that have local provenance originating from the East Midlands. The East Midlands apple varieties at Calke are Annie Elizabeth, Baron Ward, Beauty of Stoke, Bess Pool, Domino, Dumelow’s Seedling, Marriage Maker, Mead’s Broading, Newton Wonder, Pickering’s Seedling, Queen Caroline, Winter Quarrenden and Beeley Pippin.

  • Wessington Cider – have an orchard of Derbyshire apples including Beeley Pippin, Belledge Pippin, Newton Wonder, New Bess Pool, Lambs Seedling, Bess Pool, Isaac Newton Tree. Cider varieties include Northwood, Red Stoke, Black Dabinett and Slack Ma Girdle. Hope to press their first cider in autumn 2016.

Leicestershire

Leicestershire orchard groups

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Where to buy trees in Leicestershire

  • Leicestershire Heritage Apple Project –  There are about 100 kinds of apple in the collection so far, including all of the known Leicestershire apples. They have an astonishing variety. Most are not in the National Fruit Collection. The group has Leicestershire apple trees for sale. Leicestershire Heritage Apple Project trees also supplied by www.gb-online.co.uk, Plantsman and Grower.

 

Orchard services and produce in Leicestershire

  • Belvoir Fruit Farms – Peverel Manners. Fruit cordials and presses – especially elderflower – with fruit and juice from local farms. Widely available through supermarkets, farm shops etc. Belvoir, Grantham NG32 1PB 01476 870286

  • Welland Valley Vineyard – produce English wine and cider. Cider produced from small orchard planted with traditional cider apple varieties.

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire orchard groups

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  • East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – works to ensure a future for local orchard fruits and orchards. It covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. They supply local variety fruit trees, attend Apple Days, run workshops and produce a newsletter.  There are about 250 local fruit varieties and EEAOP work to preserve the varieties and their orchard habitat for their local significance, genetic diversity, as local food sources and for their landscape and wildlife value.

  • Stamford Community Orchard Group is a non-profit making group based in the Lincolnshire market town of Stamford. Their aim is to preserve the old orchards that still exist in the town, to establish new orchards and to rediscover old apple varieties.

 

Where to buy trees in Lincolnshire

  • East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – – catalogue has over 240 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries. Supply standard or half standard bare-root trees

  • Marc Richmond – runs a small nursery specialising in heritage apple trees and those of the East Midlands, all grown to organic standards.

 

Orchard services and produce in Lincolnshire

  • Churchill Ciders – based in Spalding Lincolnshire and make ciders using fresh pressed juice from locally collected apples.

  • Skidbrooke Cyder Co. – Produce Lincolnshire cider from locally sourced apples including cookers, eaters, crab and cider apples. Products include farmhouse cider, mead, apple juice and cider vinegar.

  • P. Scaman & Son – Galley Hill Farm pick your own or buy bulk. Lots of varieties of apple, pear, soft-fruit.

 

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  • Woolsthorpe Manor (National Trust), has Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree is one of our oldest varieties, descended from the tree which grew in Isaac Newton’s garden there in the 1660s, a falling apple from which reputedly gave Newton the idea for his Theory of Gravity. It is also known as the Gravity Tree and the Flower of Kent.

Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire orchard groups

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  • Midshires Orchard Group – The Mid Shires Orchard Group aims to conserve and promote enjoyment and use of the local orchards and rich apple traditions of the four ‘mid-shires’ counties of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

  • Who we are: We are a friendly community group, run by volunteers and administered by an elected committee. New members are welcomed! We value the enthusiasm, ideas and contributions that each one brings to the group and we enjoy learning from each other. In return, we offer support for a range of heritage fruit endeavours and aim to cover all topics of interest to our members. We also have a programme of social and educational events, held throughout the year.Our four main themes of seasonal celebration are: Winter Wassail, Springtime Scionwood Swap, Summer Field Trip and Autumn Apple Days. These popular events act as social focal points for our members and also serve to increase public awareness of top fruit heritage, promote related skills and give wider access to local and unusual varieties. In addition, they allow us to reach out to communities across our four counties, helping them develop, conserve, enjoy and make use of their heritage fruit trees, orchards and harvests.Email: MSOGChairman@yahoo.com

 

Where to buy trees in Northamptonshire

  • Heritage Fruit Tree Co – local varieties for Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. 01295 810516 or 01295 712272

 

Orchard services and produce in Northamptonshire

  • New Creation Farm – Grow over 20 varieties of English apples across the season, several pear varieties, around 5 plum varieties, plus soft fruit. The Farm Shop is open 6 days a week, Aug-Mar. Furnace Lane, Nether Heyford, Northampton N7 3L. 01327 344511

  • Saxby Cider – Made in the Crafty Pig Cider House. Stockists in Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire

 

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Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire orchard groups

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  • St Anns Allotments and STAA Ltd Community Orchard – The St Anns Allotments, Nottingham, is theoldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world and has recently been listed with a Grade 2* by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres and sits in the heart of the one of the most deprived inner-city communities in the country. STAA runs a Community Orchard on a collection of plots on the St Ann’s Allotments. It is a lively hub of educational and community life centered on local children and families. The St Anns Allotments have a rich and fascinating fruit tree heritage. It is estimated that there are 2,000 fruit trees in gardens around the site representing 120 varieties of apple and 50 varieties of pear.

 

Where to buy trees in Nottinghamshire

  • Marc Richmond – runs a small nursery specialising in heritage apple trees and those of the East Midlands, all grown to organic standards.

  • St Anns Allotments and STAA Ltd have trees available propagated from those on their Nottingham site including local varieties of Bramley and Pickering’s Seedling.

  • Cool Temperature Nursery – offer apple, pear, plum and quince trees from the wholesaler Frank P Matthews. Developing The Own-Root Fruit Tree Project to offer fruit trees on own rootstock in the future. ‘Cool Temperate’, 45, Stamford Street, Awsworth, Nottingham, NG16 2QL

 

Orchard services and produce in Nottinghamshire

  • Torkard Cider – artisan cider makers using own apples grown in Hucknall and apples from other Nottinghamshire orchards. Available locally.

 

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  • The Bramley Festival – Every October Southwell holds the Bramley Festival to celebrate the Bramley. Part of the original tree, now over 200 years old, still survives and fruits in Southwell. It should rightfully be called Brailsford’s Seedling as it was planted by a young Mary Anne Brailsford who decided to plant a pip in a pot from apples her mother was preparing in the kitchen, eventually planting it out in the garden. The apple bears the name of the next owner of the cottage, butcher Matthew Bramley, in whose time the apples achieved the interest of local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather. The Bramley now makes up 97% of all the culinary apples grown commercially in the U.K.

Rutland

Rutland orchard groups

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Where to buy trees in Rutland

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Orchard services and produce in Rutland

  • Fynburys Rutland Cider – produce Rutland ciders from locally sourced sourced apples. The company has also expanded beyond its original cider, and now offers Rhubarb & Strawberry Cider, Mulled Spice Cider, and Blackberry & Nettle Cider