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In the latter half of the 20th century many orchards were lost, as were many Dorset varieties. Symondsbury Apple Project, with the help of writer James Crowden and pomologist Liz Copas have been researching orchards in Dorset, dispelling the myth that the county does not have a significant orchard heritage. By studying tithe maps and researching varieties, they found that many orchards were located in West Dorset, North Dorset, around Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Child Okeford and the Piddle Valley.


Dorset orchard groups

To find community orchards local to you, see our community orchard map

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Where to buy trees in Dorset

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Orchard services and produce in Dorset

  • Crabbs Bluntshay Farm Cider produced from apples on the farm. Sold from farm gate. 01297 489064
  • Cider Apple Trees – About 50 varieties of cider apple trees available and 50 eating and culinary varieties. Also plums, pears and damsons. Specialise in supplying standard apple trees.  01963 220855 or email
  • Dorset Orchards cider – Palmers Brewery in Bridport has launched a cider company called Dorset Orchards that makes the most of the traditional varieties of cider apples grown in the county. Dorset Orchards uses only Dorset-grown apples to produce a range of premium keg and bag-in-box ciders.
  • The Purbeck Cider Company has an orchard of some traditional cider apple varieties including Dorset’s Woodbine and Slack-ma-girdle. Produce ciders including a single variety cider and apple juice.
  • Mill House Cider Museum – Visit the forty or fifty 18th & 19th century cider mills, some of which have been restored to working condition and buy cider and other products from the shop. Owermoigne, DT2 8HZ. 01305 852220
  • Thyme After Thyme – Pickles, chutneys, jams. Apples are sourced locally whenever possible, and also produce special seasonal products using only Dorset ingredients.


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