29 April 2023
Kestle Barton has two relatively new orchards onsite that have been planted to supersede the original orchard behind Avallen barn, where only a few old apple trees remain. The original orchard was comprised of very local varieties of mostly eating apples and our new juice orchard has been planted with the same attention to geographical origins.
The juice orchard is accessible from the gallery and gardens through our meadow and boasts seventeen varieties of West Country apples, along with additional plum and cherry trees.
A new orchard was planted in early 2020 as a part of a research project by Andrew Ormerod, with the support of James Fergusson. The project is a part of a collaborative observation of apple tree family groups grown in different locations.
The Orchard Network have launched a new annual celebration called Orchard Blossom Day. Centred around the last week of April, sites across the country are hosting events.
To celebrate we are offering a tour of our own apple juice and cider orchards with James Fergusson on Saturday 29 April 11am – 1pm.
This is a free event and all are welcome to join in this stroll through our orchards, with an expert guide to lead the way.