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Hampshire Fare, sponsored by Hampshire County Council, promotes local food producers in the county. They have looked at the heritage of food production in the county including orchard fruit and have produced a summary of their survey called Hampshire’s Food Heritage. “Hampshire was never a major county for orchard fruit. There were some towards Southampton and the New Forest. The Wealden district of Hampshire, round Alton, was reported to have extensive orchards in the mid-nineteenth century, much of the produce was used for making cider. The Blackmoor estate at Selborne since at least the 1920s has built up an extensive orchard, mainly for apples. In 1934 there were about fifty varieties of apple, and the estate continues to produce many varieties of apple that are now rarely grown elsewhere”. In their research into the Hampshire Hog they found that “feeding on windfalls in local orchards helped to explain the quality of the bacon”.

The Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies helped to establish a historic apple collection of 18 Hampshire cultivars bred and cultivated in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, at Sparsholt College in 1984.

Hampshire orchard groups

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

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Where to buy trees in Hampshire

  • Blackmoor Wholesale Fruit Nurseries – 75 varieties of apple + crab, pear, plums, cherries and nuts trees for planting. Online shop. Blackmoor, Liss GU33 6B5. 01420 477978
  • Deacon’s Nursery – Over 350 varieties of apple tree, plus some pears, plums, peaches, cherries etc. Godshill, Isle of Wight, PO38 3HW. 01983 840750 or 522243
  • Southern Fruit Trees – grow around 200 varieties of top-fruit. Soft fruit available too. Does not sell 1 year maiden trees or Dutch stock. 07760 245524

 

Orchard services and produce in Hampshire

  • Blackmoor Estate – Blackmoor Orchards grow apples, pears and plums for many of the supermarkets on 250 acres of orchards. grow a wide variety of apples, pears and cherries. Major investment has been ongoing in replanting orchards with new varieties on modern ‘vineyard-style’ trellised orchards. Fruit can be bought directly from the farm or at local farmers markets
  • Durleighmarsh Farm Shop – offers a wide range of local produce and own fruit and vegetables ready-picked in season. Support small local producers in the Hampshire and Sussex area. PYO – wide range including damsons and plums.
  • Fruitwise grow around 40 varieties of apple, including cider varieties, and some plums in their own orchards. Fruitwise sell their fruit at local farmers’ markets. The website gives detailed experiences both of the history of the orchards and of growing specific varieties.
  • Godshill Cider Co – make cider using apples mostly from their own orchards and supplemented by apples from other local orchards. Also produce own ginger beer, country wines and liqueurs.
  • Hill Farm Orchards – supply UK’s multiple retailers and wholesale markets. Grow apples and pears. New orchards have higher productivity by using new intensive planting systems- the “espalier” system. Can buy apples and pears directly.
  • New Forest Cider and Cider Shop – produce cider from apples in own orchard in addition to cider apples from their orchards in Somerset and Heresfordshire. Also online shop. Littlemead, Pound Lane, Burley, Ringwood BH24 4ED. 01425 403589
  • Rosemary Vineyard – produces English wine, country wines, liqueurs, juices and ciders made  from grapes/apples grown on the estate.
  • St. Cecilia’s Abbey – Lovely historic orchard maintained by the nuns at the abbey. It is not open to the public but the fruit is available in local farm shops and businesses

 

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