Another fruitful autumn at Sunnycroft
Sunnycroft's orchard is bountiful in the autumn. There are a variety of fruit trees providing fruit for jams, jellies and conserves including apples, pears, plums and damsons.
The orchard is a key part of the garden at Sunnycroft. Beautiful all year round, from spring blossom to later fruits and changing leaves it was also an important source of fresh fruit for the family.
Mary Jane Slaney, who bought the property in 1894, planted the first orchard here, which at its biggest was at least double the size of the current one.
Joan Lander, the last lady to live at Sunnycroft, also enjoyed using the orchard fruits. Excess seasonal produce from the garden was sold at the local Wellington market and was made into a variety of conserves and jams. The last batch she made in 1997 can still be seen in the house.
Would you like to taste a Sunnycroft apple?
You can join in the apple fun with our apple pressing Saturdays, every Saturday in September. We use a traditional apple press to crush the apples into tasty apple juice which you can try.