Heritage Orchards Harvesting Days and So Much More at the Home of the National Fruit Collection
Faversham charity, Brogdale Collections, has announced a series of open days to allow visitors unprecedented access to its heritage orchards.
The first Heritage Orchard Days will be taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and will include the opportunity to harvest a wonderful variety of heritage and rare apples; take part in a family fruit trail and juice tastings; enjoy a display of some of our 2200 varieties, and the chance to enjoy a beautiful self-guided walk through the orchards. Visitors can also bring a picnic and eat their lunch in Brogdale’s wildlife meadows.
Sara Smile, operations manager at Brogdale Collections, says: “We’re holding these days to enable visitors to enjoy a lovely day in our orchards, including the first ever opportunity to harvest their own heritage fruit that would usually be available at our festivals. At a time when people are struggling to find safe and entertaining days out, these Heritage Orchard Days are the perfect option. To keep numbers low we are limiting ticket sales, so people need to grab their tickets online soon, they’ll sell fast!
“By taking part, people are also helping protect these unique orchards for years to come. Income from ticket sales will be used to fund the orchards’ maintenance and upkeep.”
The Heritage Orchard Days are taking place 29-30th August; 26-27th September and 17-18th October. Prices from £4.50 for children to £25 for a family ticket and includes your fruit to take home. Pre-booking only via Brogdale Collection’s website www.brogdalecollections.org.
Heritage Fruit Available Locally To Enjoy
One of the unexpected side-effects of lockdown for Brogdale has been finding a home for tonnes of rare & delicious heritage fruits. With our major events cancelled, there was a danger this fruit would go to waste.
However, some local awesome businesses have stepped in and saved the day. A massive THANK YOU to local partners inc Macknade Fine Foods, The Sondes Tea House & General Stores, Mightyfinethings & The Tiddly Pomme
- who are stocking and using these unusual and heritage fruits. All within a two-mile radius of the orchards, so the fruit is extremely fresh too!
Pictured are fruits straight from the trees at Brogdale to Macknade in Faversham 💚🍏
Check out our blog on other ways Brogdale has adapted to find ways to share its wonderful fruit 👇https://www.brogdalecollections.org/latest-news-2/
Brogdale Guides Know Their Fruits
Our guides really know their onions......well their apples, pears, plums and cherries actually!!
Meet Mike and Ted - two of Brogdale Collection's extremely knowledgable guides. Several of our guides will be attending our forthcoming Heritage Orchard Days to talk about the amazing National Fruit Collections at Brogdale and offering hints, tips and advice on growing fruit.
If you would like to meet our guides and enjoy a lovely day out in Brogdale's orchards with fruit tastings, family fruit trails and the unique opportunity to harvest your own heritage fruit - book a place via our Harvest Orchard Days events page https://www.facebook.com/events/874070593119370/
The Courtyard at Brogdale Farm
The Tiddly Pomme