Winter Pruning Course

Winter Pruning Tips

Has your tree gone biennial and only crops every other year? Can you identify fruit bud from leaf bud? Do you want to identify different ages of wood? Or know which tree shape/form you are trying to achieve?    If you have questions about your fruit trees and looking to get the best harvest for […]

Christmas orchard pass

Christmas Gifts from Brogdale

A fruit filled year makes the perfect gift An Orchard Pass is the gift that lasts all year, giving the pass holder unlimited visits to the Home of the National Fruit Collection throughout the seasons for guided tours, orchard walks, talks, fruit tastings and exclusive events. It only costs £14 for an adult and offers […]

Winter Pruning

Winter Pruning Insights from John Easton for fruit trees – Summer/ Autumn 2022 and How to prepare for 2023. Tis the season to be winter pruning… Gardeners know that growing can often be a challenge, but even accepting that is sometimes not enough. Following the rules of growing and winter pruning you may think that […]

Eton Mess Cheesecake Recipe from Jane Beedle

Eton Mess Cheesecake Recipe from Jane Beedle On a hot day you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen, this is a no bake cheesecake that needs chilling but no gelatine so great for vegetarians too.  I used strawberries but any lovely summer fruits, raspberries, apricots or peaches would be great too. Time:               […]

Gardening hints and tips for June

Gardening Hints and Tips for June By Brogdale’s Sirplantalot! Apples will naturally thin their crop in early June – the ’June Drop’. After this they should be thinned by hand to one or two fruits per cluster.  This helps to get even sized healthy fruit and can avoid biennial bearing with a heavy crop one […]

Brogdale Bee Colonies

BROGDALE WELCOMES TWO NEW BEE COLONIES With of acres of orchards, Brogdale Collections heavily relies on pollinators such as bees. To help ensure the trees have as much help with this as possible, we recently welcomed two new colonies of bees. Unbelievably, the buzzy, busy parcels arrived by post. Mick the postman was chuffed to […]


COOKERY MASTERCLASSES – LOCK DOWN STYLE! Great British Bake Off finalist, Jane Beedle, was due to be holding a series of Cookery Masterclasses at Brogdale Collections. Each one focusing on topical or seasonal fruit and produce. She is a great baker, wonderful cook and also a rather lovely person – so we’re over the moon […]

large tree pruning

Large tree pruning course

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 no idea what […]

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