Orchard Talks


We are pleased to re introduce our evening orchard talks at Brogdale Farm.

FREE for all Orchard Pass holders or £10.00 per person.

Confirmed dates: 10th April, 22nd May, 19th June, 24th July, 14th August, 18th September, 16th October, 20th November

You can purchase your Orchard Pass here

Orchard Talks at Brogdale

We are pleased to introduce this years evening orchard talks at Brogdale Farm as part of our objectives for delivering information and education of the National Fruit Collection. Our orchard talks will be on a variety of seasonal subjects and hosted by us (Brogdale Collections Charity) and eminent stakeholders/partners.


If you are already an Orchard pass holder then you can attend these evenings completely FREE of charge. Not yet an Orchard pass holder? Why not? This gives you even more of a reason to invest in becoming one. Still unsure?  Not to worry, you can still attend any of the following talks for just £10.00 per person (no concessions available).


An orchard walk is included with every talk, and there will also be fruit tastings when applicable.


Talks will start at 6.30pm promptly and be finished by 8pm (unless stated otherwise) .

What a wonderful summer evening well spent!


Orchard Talks Programme 2024

24th July – Cherries and Plums

14th August – An Alternative View of the National Fruit Collection – Prompted with Avian Flavours

18th September – Buying and Planting a Fruit Tree

16th October – Winter Pruning Large Trees

20th November – Tree Propagation – 6pm start


What to Expect?


Cherries and Plums – 24th July – Matt Ordidge

The cherry and plum collections at Brogdale have both recently been repropagated. Scientific Curator, Dr Matthew Ordidge will talk through the process of repropagating collections, including the use of DNA fingerprinting to check that all of the new trees are present and correct. Dr Matt Ordidge is the Scientific Curator of the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale.


An Alternative View of the National Fruit Collection – Prompted with Avian Flavours – 14th August – Mike Rosa 

What’s in a name?  An eclectic mix of horticulture and other interests to provide an alternative view of the National Fruit Collection – prompted with avian flavours.

Mike has been a tour guide at Brogdale Collections for 22 years and previously worked in management in Fruit Growers Cooperative. He has a lifelong interest in birds and is a member of the Kent Ornithological Society and Faversham Natural History Society.


Buying and Planting a Fruit Tree – 18th September – John Easton

Learn the knowledge and skills to successfully purchase, plant and care for fruit trees.


Winter Pruning Large Trees – 16th October – John Easton

Learn the how to effectively prune large fruit trees in winter to promote their health, safety and longevity.


Tree Propagation – 20th November (6pm start) – David Morrice

Discover the process of creating new trees from existing ones.


Please remember to bring your valid pass and photo ID when attending the course free of charge.

Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Purchase an annual Pass here.

Additional information

Orchard Talks

24th July – Cherries and Plums, 14th August – Alternative view of the NFC, 18th September – Buying and Planting a Fruit Tree, 16th October – Winter Pruning Large Trees, 20th November – Tree Propagation

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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