Essex orchard groups
To find community orchards local to you, see our community orchard map
- Orchards East is a multi-region environmental and cultural project covering six counties in the east of England – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia (UEA), it is devoted to discovering and understanding the past, present and future of orchards in Eastern England, and will last for four years.
- East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – works to ensure a future for local orchard fruits and orchards. It covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. They supply local variety fruit trees, attend Apple Days, run workshops and produce a newsletter. There are about 250 local fruit varieties and EEAOP work to preserve the varieties and their orchard habitat for their local significance, genetic diversity, as local food sources and for their landscape and wildlife value.
- ESORG – Essex Orchard Group is a group of orchard enthusiasts, both professional and amateur. Meetings are often held in a pub and we have orchard visits in the summer. All contributions are welcome. During Covid we had Zoom meetings and these may be a continuing feature in the winter. A wide range of topics are discussed and information exchanged. Membership is not confined to people living in Essex. To join, please contact Anna Baldwin at email@example.com.
Where to buy trees in Essex
- East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – catalogue has over 240 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries. Supply standard or half standard bare-root trees.
- Ken Muir Ltd – More than fifty varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, quince, mulberries and more.
- Honeypot farm, Rectory Road, Weeley Heath, Clacton on Sea, C016 9BJ. 0870 7479111
Orchard services and produce in Essex
- Crapes Fruit Farm – Over 150 varieties of apple grown, available from the farm shop or by mail order. Also plums, cherries, quince and medlars.
- Andrew Tann, Rectory Road, Aldham, Colchester C06 3RR
- 01206 212375
- Lathcoats Farm – Queen, raised in Billericay in 1858, is just one of forty different varieties grown, which, along with 12 single variety juices, are available from farm shop.
- Philip Taylor, Beehive Lane, Galleywood, Chelmsford CM2 8LX, 01245 353021
- Park Fruit Farm grow 39 varieties of apples, 10 varieties of plums and damsons, 4 varieties of pears. Available from farm shop and PYO. Press own apple juice.
- Pork Lane, Great Holland, Frinton-on-Sea C013 0ES, 01255 674621
- Spencer’s Farm Shop grow 18 varieties of apple. Also cherries. Available from farmshop and PYO.
- Wickham Fruit Farm, Wickham St Pauls, Halstead C09 2PX, 01787 269476
- Wilkins of Tiptree -The Tiptree farms cover 850 acres. Amongst their extensive acreage of soft and top fruit, they grow 8 – 10 acres of quinces and have a dozen very old mulberry trees and medlars for their quince and medlar jellies and mulberry jam. They have created a new orchard with 6,000 fruit trees, including many old English apple varieties, nuts, cherries and pears as well as apricots and peaches. Tiptree is a major grower of the Cambridge Gage. “This variety is considered to have such a good flavour that it is the only variety of greengage used in its jams”. At the visitor centre you can buy all the jams, conserves, marmalades and jellies. Products available widely in shops, supermarkets and hotels. Also available online.
- Big Bear Cider Mill – Located in Essex, our apples are grown in our orchards and the cider is hand crafted at Rayleigh Orchard, Tumblers green, Braintree, Essex. Our mission is to turn a passion for apples into quality hand-crafted cider. Find out more here.
- Audley End – large restored walled kitchen garden with trained fruit trees.