Thoughts on Hanami

Thoughts on Hanami By Brogdale Tour Guide Alan Hayward, who has joined in with Hanami in Japan The Japanese word ‘Hanami’ translates as  ‘flower watching’. The Hanami festival celebrates the blossom (sakura) and may have started life as a thanksgiving for previous harvests and hopes for the year to come. However, over the years the […]

Large tree pruning course

Large Tree Pruning One of the many enquiries we get at Brogdale is how to prune a traditional large fruit tree. Have you tried your best and not achieved the result you expected? Has someone pruned the tree for you and made a hash of it? Have you moved into a new property and have […]

Newton’s Space Sapling lands at Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collection

Newton’s Space Sapling lands at Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collection We are proud to be one of the recipients of one of eight young trees from the pips of Isaac Newton ’s apple tree that were blasted into space with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake. In 2015 apple pips from the iconic […]

Join the team at Brogdale!

Join the team at Brogdale! We currently have some exciting opportunities at Brogdale! We have a small team at Brogdale Collections who work together to produce successful events each year to provide income for the charity to continue to enable access to the National Fruit Collection here in Faversham, Kent. We are currently looking for […]

National Apple Festival – bigger than ever

National Apple Festival – back & bigger than ever! National Apple Festival is back and bigger than ever for 2019, as we celebrate the 2,200 varieties of apple in the National Fruit Collection. We’ve got so much lined up to enjoy! Expert talks will include bean to bar chocolate making, beekeeping, willow weaving, pruning, choosing […]

National Apple Festival features in Countryfile Magazine!

National Apple Festival features in Countryfile Magazine! Thank you to BBC Countryfile Magazine featuring The National Apple Festival on their list of best harvest festivals! ‘Set in a beautiful orchard, Brogdale Farm is the National Centre for fruit, with 2200 varieties of apple – more than any other collection in the world. Over the weekend, there […]

National Apple Festival is Coming!

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 […]

Pear Day – Sunday 15th September

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 […]

Work with Brogdale Collections – Trustee Vacancy

Work with Brogdale Collections – Trustee Vacancy Brogdale Collections Charity are looking for a new trustee to work with us and join the board of trustees. Brogdale Collections work as a charity to help the public access the National Fruit Collection by working to provide guided orchard tours, special education days aimed at Key stage […]

Brogdale Bees – Late Summer Update The Brogdale Bees are still doing really well. Excitingly, we have successfully created our first home bred Brogdale colony of bees, by dividing two of the strongest colonies a few weeks back. This new hive is very healthy and we are feeding it with special pollen enriched fondant to […]

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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