Enjoy a sip of Glastonbury Tor's apple juice or cider
Glastonbury Tor's orchards produce a wide variety of heritage apples. Our ranger team will be harvesting the crop to produce tasty juice and cider. Discover our story and find out how you can support our work.
Glastonbury Tor is famous across Britain, a place where legends are born. The Tor is steeped in history and mystery. Today, Glastonbury Tor remains a place of pilgrimage for thousands of visitors, just as people have for hundreds of years.
A lesser known fact about the area is its productive apple orchards hidden at the foot of the Tor. Every autumn we collect the harvest and use the fruit to produce our special juice and cider.
Orchards at the Tor
Glastonbury Tor's orchards nurture a variety of apples from Newton Wonder, Yarlington Mill and rare Tidnor collections. The orchards are also important for birds, insects and other wildlife.
Located around the base of its slopes are four orchards. Two of these are open to the public, one of which dates back to the 1800’s and welcomes visitors in through the beautiful willow arches. Here is a quiet place for reflection, enjoyed by visitors and wildlife alike.
Orchards are fantastic for diversity – they combine elements of woodland, grassland and hedgerow habitats, ideally with standing and fallen deadwood, which are essential for some invertebrates. There is plenty of forage for pollinators and the soil is often undisturbed.
Here, National Trust are also preserving heritage by planting vacant spaces with a rare Tidnor collection of apple trees from Herefordshire.
Where can I taste the juice?
The revenue we make from our juice and cider sales goes directly back into looking after Glastonbury Tor. Every time you take a sip of Glastonbury Tor cider or juice you are helping us look after this special place for ever for everyone.