We quite simply adore Brogdale Collections, the Kent based charity that provides heritage fruit sales and public access to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm.
The National Fruit Collection, one of the largest collections of temperate fruits in the world, has been based at Brogdale since 1952. Set in 150 acres of luscious Kent countryside, they are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.
The objectives of the Collections are to act as:
- A ‘gene bank’ conserving the biodiversity of fruit
- A source of plant material for propagation, research, and breeding
- A living reference library of ‘heritage’ fruit varieties
From spring blossom to autumn harvest, they welcome thousands of visitors each season to enjoy guided tours, fruit themed family events, school trips, rural courses and of course fruit tastings.
On a guided tour you can learn about ancient and modern growing methods, the history of fruit, it’s cultivation and most importantly the reasons for keeping this living museum. In cherry season, try some 400 varieties, including the beautiful white cherries. You will see the Decio apple that dates to Roman times and sample fruit that Henry VIII enjoyed. By apple season there are over 2000 varieties to taste, including the pineapple flavoured Pitmaston Pine apple or the super ugly but delicious Knobby Russet! We highly encourage a visit or corporate picking event!
Look out for Brogdale apples & pears this month in store!