Conservation of our Orchards
The re-planting of the orchards is an on-going project. Every penny spent on fruit picking, as well as the sales of raffle tickets at Brockhampton, helps to support our conservation of these orchards.
The Brockhampton Rangers and a team of dedicated volunteers are in the process of replanting the historic orchards on the estate. Commercially harvested orchards are commonly grubbed up after 20 years or so which make old orchards and the great diversity of species which can live near the old wood increasingly rare. At Brockhampton we are keen to replant the orchards back up to their historic maximum by gradually topping up the existing orchards with new saplings and also replanting some fields around Lower Brockhampton with fruit trees.
Last year we made a start on this process with rare varieties of apples donated by Henry May. These traditional apple types were planted in the orchard behind the moated manor house and are now thriving, although it will be a few years yet before they come into fruit which can be harvested.
Harvest season is from September to late October depending on the weather and visitors can come and pick their own damsons and apples.
The damson harvest is the first to arrive in September. With over 200 damson trees the harvest lasts for the whole month with plenty of fruit for visitors who like to pick their own for £2.50 per kilo or £3.50 per kilo for ready picked.
October brings the apple harvest to the orchards. Visitors can help out with the harvest and pick their own fruit to enjoy at home. Help us manage the ancient orchards which are home to a wide variety of special and rare creatures.