As pure as can be, its moreish sweet-sharp apple juice is pressed using traditional West Country dessert apples grown in the Acland family’s orchards at Killerton. No chemicals are used and the orchards are a real haven for wildlife. Straight after harvesting, the juice is locally made for sale on the estate. Nothing is added, nothing taken away.
'Harvesting the apples by hand is a real team effort,' says Fiona Hailstone, Killerton’s Produce Ranger. 'Everyone from volunteers, National Trust staff and locals get involved.'
And it’s not just apple juice that benefits from the Killerton ethos. 'All the products we make, including our cider, honey and charcoal, are born from a passion to manage the countryside in a sustainable way,' explains Fiona. 'Any profits from sales go straight back into conservation work on the orchards.'