Suffolk 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.
- Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group (STOG) aims to record and protect old orchard sites; to promote the new planting of traditional orchard fruit and nut varieties; and to preserve and disseminate the practice, cultural and historical value of orchards through education and publication. Through identifying and recording old and modern orchards managed in a traditional manner in Suffolk.Researching and recording the history, landscape, practice and culture of traditional fruit and nut cultivation in Suffolk through archival and oral research. Assisting in the restoration and replanting of suitable orchard sites in Suffolk. Establishing county collections of traditional Suffolk fruit and nut varieties in new or restored traditional orchards. Engaging in activities that disseminate the history and culture of orchards in Suffolk through publications and education. Provide information for members online and through downloadable Advice Notes, and newsletters that include news and activity calendars of events of courses, visits and surveys. The new STOG Orchards East project website is here.
- 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.
Where to buy trees in Suffolk
- Suffolk Fruit and Trees – Standard orchard pack consists of five untrained trees. Apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, sweet chestnut, walnut, crab apple, cob nut, medlar, black mulberry, quince.
- 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.
Orchard services and produce in Suffolk
- Aspall – Apple juice and cyder, and cyder vinegar. In production since 1728. Large variety of ciders and widely available. 46 varieties of apple.
- High House Fruit Farm – Apples, pears, plums, apple juice. Produce sold locally.
- Sudbourne, Woodbridge 1P12 2BL. 01394 450263
- Copella Fruit Juices Ltd – Apple juices. Widely available. Owned by PepsiCo.
- James White Apple Juice & Cider – Fruit and organic juices and ciders. Vegetable juice. Wide range of products, widely available. Also online.
- Maynard House Orchards – Press and bottle 10 varieties of apple juice on the farm. Available in own farmshops, local farmers markets or online.
- The Orchards, The Street, Bradfield Combust, Bury St Edmunds IP30 OLP
- Metfield Stores is a community shop in Metfield, community run and specialising in local produce. They stock local apples in season, including some from very local trees.
- Stoke Farm Orchards Battisford, Stowmarket – produce delicious blended apple juices at the farm. Sold by East of England Co-op under the Sourced Locally label.
- Suffolk Heritage Orchards – George Hodgkinson grows old varieties of apples, greengages and plums including local vareties such as apples St Edmunds Pippin from Bury St Edmunds, and Sturmer Pippin from Sturmer near Haverhill, plus the Suffolk plum, Coe’s Golden Drop. The concept is to grow rare local varieties plus varieties known to have been grown in Suffolk, that are not available to buy in the shops. The orchards, of dwarf rootstock, cover about 4.5 acres. Twelve varieties of apple and six of plum.
- The Hall, Church Hill, Monks Eleigh, Ipswich IP7 7JQ 01449 740478
- Norfolk Scrumpers – Apple pressing and bottling service. Based in rural south Norfolk, at Norfolk Scrumpers we offer a service for people who would like their apples pressed. We press, pasteurise and bottle apple juice into Burgundy style bottles. The juice produced is cloudy with nothing added other than vitamin C to retain its original colour. We use sustainably sourced waste fire wood to fire our boiler for pasteurising the juice. Outside of the juicing season we prune and manage orchards using chemical free processes and we prioritise low impact approaches. Our aim is to tie in with more charities, social enterprises and community groups to further promote connections to our national food crop.
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