August sees the return of the Brogdale Cider Festival!

The Brogdale Cider Festival is approaching fast, with only three weeks to go until the much-loved annual event, showcasing the best ciders Kent has to offer.

With over 50 different ciders to try from producers all over Kent, you are completely spoilt for choice- from traditional dry and sweet ciders made from Kentish apples, to the more unusual tastes – think salted caramel blends, or fruity fusions featuring lemon and raspberry. Last year’s winners of the cider trail, Kent Cider Company, will be returning with their award winning range – the cider trail champion Yowler among them.

Brogdale Honey now available The five hives at Brogdale are doing extraordinarily well and we have made 20lbs of Brogdale Honey, now available from our shop in the Brogdale marketplace! Having arrived as nuclei (small bee colonies) in early April, all of the colonies have built rapidly – despite the variable weather – and we […]

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Brogdale Honey now available

The five hives at Brogdale are doing extraordinarily well and we have made 20lbs of Brogdale Honey, now available from our shop in the Brogdale marketplace!

Having arrived as nuclei (small bee colonies) in early April, all of the colonies have built rapidly – despite the variable weather – and we have even extracted our first honey. Although the harvest was not huge, it was important to extract what we could, as the bees had been foraging on oil seed rape, the honey from which crystallizes in the combs very fast.

Grafting

Why do we graft?

If you are lucky enough to germinate and nurture a fruit tree seed you cannot be sure what variety it will become.

There are only two ways of ensuring that a variety of fruit can be truly replicated.

One is to take a cutting (called a graft) and plant it in the earth. This will be a true replica of the Apple_tree_graftingvariety but will take quite a long time to grow and become fruitful and will also grow to the normal height of that variety, which generally means a fairly large tree.

National Apple Festival is Coming!

Visit Brogdale on the 19 + 20th October 2019 for a breathtaking display of apple varieties. Discover over 2000 varieties in the Brogdale orchards and enjoy all things apple over the weekend.

Discover something new and tasty with ‘try before you buy’ rare and heritage apple varieties, fill a bag with your favourites to take home! Guided tours of the orchards, horticultural talks, apple pressing demonstrations and a programme of cooking demonstrations all weekend.

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Pear Day – Sunday 15 September

Come along to Brogdale to celebrate the humble pear on Sunday 15 September! Enjoy a display of the pears in season from the 550 varieties in the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale – pears of all shapes, sizes and colours and flavours. Learn all about on the history of pears and the varieties.

Crucial Bees Conservation and Education Project A new and innovative Bees conservation and education project is being introduced at Brogdale Collections, to prevent the decline of this very important species of wildlife. Conservation of bees is vital as between 1985 to 2005 there was a 54% reduction in bee hives and therefore a significant decline […]

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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