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Hertfordshire 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.
  • The Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative (HOI) is a working group of Local Government Officers, Orchard Owners and Wildlife Experts who care passionately about Hertfordshire’s orchards their heritage, wildlife value and their future. HOI represents the Habitat Action Plan group for orchards as part of the Hertfordshire Biodiversity Action Plan. Members include Tewin Orchard, Stanley Lord Orchard (Shenley Park), Highfield Park Orchard (St Albans), Rivers Community Orchard (Sawbridgeworth) and Codicote Community Orchard.
  • 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.
  • Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard – Formed in May 2014, Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard (RHSO) is a volunteer group who work to protect, preserve and maintain the remaining Rivers Nursery site in Sawbridgeworth, UK and also to maintain the historical information about the Rivers Nursery in the group’s archives. The Rivers nursery was founded by John Rivers in 1725 and, when it closed in 1987, it was the oldest garden nursery in the UK. Many fruit cultivars and horticultural techniques were developed on the site in Sawbridgeworth, especially by Thomas Rivers (1798-1877) and Thomas Francis Rivers (1830-1899).


Where to buy trees in Hertfordshire


Orchard services and produce in Hertfordshire

  • The Cambridge Juice Company are a Cambridgeshire based independent, family wholesaler, that has served Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for nearly 100 years providing local produce, originally on market stalls over the years and now delivering throughout East Anglia in our vans. From Fruit You Eat To Fruit You Drink!
  • Apple Cottage Cider – Producers of award winning Cider & Juice in the heart of Baldock, Hertfordshire. We pride ourselves in bringing the orchard to you. We are a small family run business, who love apples.
  • Shenley Park – We sell apples and juice from our many heritage apple trees growing in our orchards and around the park at our stall next to the walled garden, and on Apple Day. We also produce apple juice for outside clients: minimum of 500 good quality freshly picked apples required.


Other links

  • OPAL East of England (University of Hertfordshire) orchard guides – The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Network together with the Field Studies Council have developed 2 guides, one to lichens and the other to mosses, in the orchards of the East of England.
  • Shenley Park – An independent self financing rural Park in Hertfordshire that is free to use. Once a private Estate known as Porters Park, then a site of a Mental Hospital. Over 130 varieties of apple.
  • Aldenham Country Park has planted 90 heritage fruit trees.

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