We visited Imbibe Live at London’s Olympia and were delighted to see so many friends around the Hop & Apple Bar. We were particularly pleased to meet up again with Angioletti Cider who we last saw on our recent trip to Trentino, Italy. Also great to meet L’Atypique Craft Cidre who work with small, organic, single estate producers in the Pays d’Auge region of Normandy, and Thistly Cross Cider from Dunbar in Scotland. Among familiar Somerset brands were Pilton Cider, Sheppy’s and Lilley’s, with Aston Manor and Lyme Bay from further afield. Bill Bradshaw, photographer, writer and cider expert, drew a big crowd for his presentation “Around the World in Six Ciders” which explored the diverse tastes and styles of cider from several different countries.
We have been applying fertiliser to our newly planted orchards at Orchard Park Farm. We want to avoid wasting the product and spraying it unnecessarily over the soil, so we use this piece of specialist equipment that allows us to spray accurately around the base of the trees. If you would like to make use of this service in your orchards do get in touch.
Orchard Park Farms is very proud to announce that one of the orchards we manage has been awarded the top prize for an orchard at the Royal Bath & West Society Show. The traditional orchard at Higher Hill Farm, Butleigh, Somerset, was today awarded the Silver Medal for the Best Cider Orchard at the awards ceremony in the Orchards & Cider Marquee at the Show.
The Show opened to the public today, looking sharper and more interesting than in some previous years. Entries for the British Cider Championships have topped 500, underlining the importance of this, the biggest competition in the European cider world.
Orchard Park Farms is playing a major role in the Orchards & Cider exhibit, showing several examples of the equipment we use to offer a great service to West Country cider-makers.
We have planted two new orchards at Orchard Park Farms! It’s been a lot of work, laying out the trenches, composting, mechanically planting the trees, but they are all in the ground and thriving. Now we are off to the Bath & West Show on Wednesday 1 June. We look forward to seeing you if you are there.