FRUITS FOR ALL SEASONS
Brogdale is home to the National Fruit Collections, the largest collection of varieties of fruit trees in the world. Over 2,300 different varieties of apple, 550 of pear, 350 of plum, 220 of cherry, 320 varieties of bush fruits, as well as smaller collections of nuts & vines are grown here in 150 acres of beautiful orchards. Spectacular in blossom time, the orchards are also at their best in late summer & autumn, when the ripe fruit is ready for picking.
|GROWS THE FUTURE OF BRITISH APPLES BY PRESERVING THE PAST
Tesco has revealed ambitious plans to double the amount of English apples it sells, within three years.
In another boost to the apple industry the supermarket has also announced it is to help preserve England’s unique apple heritage by becoming the principal sponsor of Brogdale Horticultural Trust who are dedicated to the conservation education and research of fruit and in particular the Defra National Fruit Collection. The Collections are housed here at Faversham, in Kent. Click here to view the Tesco News Release
A taste of history
From the quite amazingly ugly 'Knobby Russet' apple, to the ancient 'Decio' variety which the Romans would have known, the Collections at Brogdale incorporate both traditional and new fruit varieties. We have apples that taste like pineapples, bananas and melons, crab apples that can be pickled, and Beurre pears, cultivated in Belgium to 'melt in the mouth'. Not forgetting a host of less well known fruits, such as the fragrant medlars & quinces, much beloved of the Victorians.
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Notice of Special General Meeting
to be held on 28th April 2007
Message from the Chairmen
of the Trust and Friends
Please direct all press enquiry’s
to Jane Garrett, Chief Executive Officer.
Meet the Chairman
The new Defra Contract. Information about the new defra contract has now been advertised.
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The Brogdale Apple Festival
Despite some periods of wet weather the apple festival here at Brogdale was a great success. The weekends attracted 4,326 visitors and the week was busy. click here for more
2006 winner of the Brogdale Horticultural Trust Trophy was Louise Rountree.
The award is given to the RHS General Student at Hadlow College, Canterbury, who achieves the highest marks.
"Voted the Best ......
The best fruit juice.
The Brogdale Horticultural Trust
These 150 acres of orchards beside the M2 in Kent are home to Britain's National Fruit Collections, the world's most extensive set of fruit tree varieties. Brogdale pomologists - that's people specialising in the study of fruit - look after more than 2,300 kinds of apple, 550 pear, 350 plum, 220 cherry and 320 bush fruits. You can inspect these on tours of the site, and afterwards have tea - or juice - in the tearoom. The shop sells a range of juices made from specific varieties of apple and bottled by the Brogdale Trust itself."
...from the BMW Good Food Ride published in the Observer
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BBC2 7.30 pm Fri 13th Oct '06:
"The Trees that Made Britain"
Jon Hammerton and Tony Kirkham presented a programme in a series about Britain's trees, in which Brogdale "starred". On the apple trail, Tony is embroiled in an ancient fiery custom and Jon runs the gauntlet with pigs.
19th and 20th October 2005
A 'Pride and Prejudice' theme on the Brogdale Horticultural Trust stand at the National Fruit Show at the Kent County Showground, Detling, Kent.