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 […]
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.
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.
Your support has helped us improve access to the orchards. Brogdale Collections aims to help all members of the public access and learn about the National Fruit Collection.
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.