We are an active group of volunteers who are
passionate about fruit!
Established in 2007 to benefit the local community
by helping them to use fruit which would otherwise go
to waste, Brendon Orchards is a fantastic orchard and
juicing cooperative based in Wiveliscombe, Somerset.
Brendon Orchards is a community venture. It brings
together diverse elements - young and older, farmers
and foragers. Pressing apples provides fantastic,
healthy drinks, while encouraging an awareness of the
value of local produce and a sense of just how special
the orchards of Somerset are. Children see just how
food is produced - it doesn't all just magically
arrive in the supermarket. Apple Days are an
opportunity to not only make juice to keep from your
own fruit, but also identify your apples, bob for
apples, share an apple-based meal or just have a cuppa
and meet new people.
Our mission is simple, we aim
Provide ways for the community to make its own
produce from locally grown fruit, thereby preventing
wastage and supporting the community by linking
people and groups with surplus fruit
Provide training on juicing, orchard management
and fruit usage, and to maximise production from
Increase the economic sustainability of the local
area and reduce food miles by creating high quality
local products which will be available locally.
Gather knowledge of where local orchards and
individual trees are, their history and varieties.
Hold events such as apple days, wassailing and
Our Annual Members Meeting will be held on July 9th 2015 at the Bear Skittles Alley from 7.30. Do come and have your say, make suggestions for service improvements or bring any event ideas you may have. We would love to boost our Management Committee too so do think about whether you would like to gain a wealth of experience in running a great community venture! Hope to see you there.
We're now preparing for
the new Season!
The apple press equipment will be available to hire!
Community Juicing sessions will begin on Tuesdays from
15th September 2015 from 6.00pm where you will have
support in pressing your own juice.
Brompton Ralph Orchard
- We've been planting!
Brendon Orchard Cooperative's aims to promote the
planting and use of apple trees by local communities.
Behind St Mary's Church in Brompton Ralph is a small
field which has been fenced and gated. Some trees have
been planted by village people in memory of relatives,
and wildflower seeds have been sown and plugs planted so
that it has become a very pleasant place to sit. This
year the Parochial Church Council gave BOC permission to
plant six maiden apple trees: a cooker and five mixed
eaters. Somerset County Council provided a grant to
cover the cost of trees, stakes, ties and spirals,
Triscombe Nursery filled the order, ceramic labels were
fired and on Saturday 15 March the trees were planted.
They will both encourage wildlife and provide a resource
for the community in years to come. We hope to be
drinking Brompton Ralph apple juice and even cider
before too long.
A New Community Orchard
for Brompton Ralph
One of the BOC's aims is to encourage the use of apples
by planting community orchards wherever we can find
spare land (technically an orchard is five or more
trees). Behind St Mary's Church in Brompton Ralph is an
area of grassland which, thanks to the generosity of Mr
and Mrs Corfield, has been fenced, gated and provided
with a bench. It already contains a few trees set there
in memory of parishioners, was recently planted with
wildflower plugs and seeds and is now being managed as a
wildflower meadow. The PCC have just given permission
for BOC to plant five apple trees in this meadow which
will be a resource for wildlife and for the community.
We'll be planting in the next month or so.
How to Prune Apple
Trees between Autumn and Spring
Brendon Orchards Cooperative
The Greenhouse, Golden Hill, Wiveliscombe, Taunton,
Somerset TA4 2NY
Ltd Co. No. 31732R
Stop Food Waste. Facilitate access to juicing equipment.
Make delicious juice and sell it locally.