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 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 to:

  • 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 such fruit
  • 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 blossom picnics.
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News & Updates


Brompton Ralph Orchard - We've been planting!

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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

Apple

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.