Our newly planted heritage orchard is now open. Wander inside to look at the trees that we've planted, restoring this space back to a fruit orchard. Bring a picnic blanket, or borrow one of our deckchairs, and enjoy a picnic beneath the sunshine.
Seeds of change at Anglesey Abbey
Going back to our roots
We’ve started work to re-establish an orchard at Anglesey Abbey, in an area that historically contained many fruit trees. Only one fruit tree remains in the space, a Bramley’s Seedling Apple tree (Malus Domestica) which is approximately 80 years old.
Anglesey Abbey historically had fruit trees within the grounds. Our research shows that a classic diamond formation had been planted, but maps dating from 1887 show the pattern is incomplete, suggesting it was a mature orchard at that time.
Benefits beyond fresh fruit
The benefits of having an orchard at Anglesey Abbey went beyond fresh fruit. Whilst the team from Lode Mill were conducting some research into its history, they unearthed some evidence to suggest that the cogs on the mill wheel would have originally been made out of apple wood. Apple wood is naturally oily and is known to be strong. This is why orchards were typically found near mills, giving them a ready supply of fresh apple wood for any repairs needed.
Cambridgeshire has a long history of fruit growing and orchards. Our new Orchard will be built from heritage East of England varieties of apples, pears, greengages and plums, with a particular focus on Cambridgeshire varieties. We’ll be planting fruit trees on very vigorous rootstocks, which are typical of heritage orchards and will allow our trees to grow up to 6 meters by the time they reach maturity.
From pip to pie
We're transforming what will become the new orchard space. You can watch how the orchard takes shape here with our ‘apple cam’ time lapse camera.
Follow the project below as we make progress on this exciting new journey or why not come along and see for yourself.
01 Jun 19
The orchard is open!
06 May 19
Springing into life
Spring has well and truly sprung. We have leaves on the trees and blossom continues to appear across the orchard. Apple blossom is starting to open.
12 Apr 19
First blossom appears
Everything is starting to show signs of growth. The newly planted pears, plums and greengage fruit trees are coming into bud and blossom. We have re-seeded grass throughout the Orchard, which is now starting to grow and hundreds of Narcissi bulbs, planted over the winter, are flowering.