The Orchard Path

What to look out for...

Where can you find local orchard produce, buy apple trees and find the organisations who support orchards?

After you've looked through our county Gazetteer, always check out when and where the Womens' Institute and Farmers' Markets will be. Ring the National Association of Farmers' Markets on +44(0)1225 787914 or visit their web-site.

WIs hold weekly markets in many towns. They are full of fresh produce and delicious jams and cakes - get there on the dot of opening. Contact W.I. Country Markets +44(0)1189 394646 or look at their web-site.

Many Farms and PYOs sell direct from the farm gate. Look at the web-site of the Farm Retail Association for the nearest one to you.

If you are looking for good local produce, take a look at the Soil Association's web-site, where you are asked to register your email address and can then find out who to contact for a copy of your local food directory. You can also search the Organic Directory for local box shemes, farm gate sales, farmers' markets and producers.

If you are looking for good speciality food, look at Food from Britain's web pages for the regional and county food promoters. You can pick up these brochures, and much more, at Tourist Information Centres all over the country.

Look out for Rural Life Museums for information on cider making.

Royal Horticultural Society Gardens - apart from the main garden at Wisley, Surrey, where there is a 6.5 ha orchard containing 670 apple cultivars and fruit trees frown against walls (there are pruning courses) there are a number of RHS gardens around the country which also have orchards. Apple Day is celebrated in many of these. Look at the RHS web-site for more information.

Many National Trust properties have walled kitchen gardens with espaliered fruit trees, and many have planted orchards with local / county varieties s 'Mother Orchards'. Apple Day is held in many NT properties and the fruit used in the restaurants and cafes. Look at the NT web-site for more information.

Buy a copy of the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Good Cider Guide, edited by David Matthews (CAMRA Books, 2000) for cider makers, offices and shops welling cider and cider pubs. Contact CAMRA Books, 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4LW +44(0)1727 867201 or look at the CAMRA web-site.

Read Hattie Ellis's book 'Eating England' about why we eat what we eat, and featuring more than 500 special places to shop and eat.

We want to know about good local produce - from cider to damson jam - made from local orchards.

TELL US about orchards that are open to the public, have walks through or by them, or which can be admired from the road by car.
TELL US about damsons in hedgerows, wilding apples, wild cherries in the Wye Valley : email info [at]