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. It grew Cherries, Apples, Pears, Sweetcorn, Plums, Strawberries and Raspberries. 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 pack house serviced the majority of the UK multiples and the Orchards condensed its range to just apples and pears.
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.
In 2017 the Orchards was hit with a terrible frost in the middle of blossom that wiped out 85% of the the crop. The fruit that remained still tasted beautiful but was marked with frost rings and the supermarkets are very strict on what the fruit has to look like.
Hill Farm Juice took what fruit it needed for its delicious juice and Will the owner decided for one weekend only, to open the Orchards for the general public to come and pick their own apples and pears. It was a fantastic family day out and has the potential to happen again this year.