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Hill Farm Orchards

Email: website@hillfarmorchards.co.uk


About

About


The orchards were first planted at Hill Farm in the 1950's. In those days there were many varieties of both top fruit and soft fruit.

 

Throughout the 1970's and the 80's the farm was well known for Pick Your Own and its farm shop. There were many occasions when the police were needed to control the influx of visitors attracted in particular the cherry orchards.

 

With the changes in consumer habits brought by the development of the supermarkets, the number of visitors faded and the business has adapted to meet the modern fruit marker place.  Throughout the 90's and 00's our packhouse serviced the majority of the UK multiples.

 

In 2013 we took the decision to concentrate on the growing side of the business and now our supermarket fruit is packed in larger, more efficient facilities off the farm.

 

The main elements of our business are growing and controlled atmosphere storage. These are described more on our growing page.

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Growing

  

Today we grow the finest apples and pears in Hampshire's beautiful Meon Valley, within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park.

 

In recent years we have invested in greater productivity from our new orchards through new intensive planting systems. The "espalier" systems utilises posts and wire and is similar to the growing systems seen in vineyards. This has allowed us to dramatically increase the yields available from our trees.

 

The varieties we grow include English staples such as Cox's Orange Pippin and Bramley's Seedling, as well as the more modern varieties including Braeburn and Gala.


In addition to the top fruit, we also have small quantities of Wild Garlic available in the spring.

 

 

 

Apples

Braeburn

Bramley's Seedling

Cox (Queen, Orange & La Vera)

Discovery

Egremont Russet

Gala

Spartan

Worcester


Pears

Buerre Hardy

Comice

Concorde

Conference

Williams

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New Orchard

  

Here is a quick look at our new Orchard. It has been named Aeroplane Wood.


Davina and her team planted 3500 Gala trees by hand in just 3 weeks at the start of 2014


Take a look at the photos to see the journey.

 

In 2015 we planted a new orchard of Spartan together with some more exotic varieties for our juicing neighbours at Hill Farm Juice.

 

 

 

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Hill Farm Orchards

 

 

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