About our orchards

Herefordshire orchard circa 1900s
Although this photograph dates from the 1900s the orchards at Kynaston Place look very similar to this today (apart from the people of course!). This is because our apple orchards are what are described as ‘traditional’ orchards – they have widely spaced rows of standard trees which allow grazing underneath by animals. A standard tree has a six foot clear stem before the branches start. There are few traditional orchards left now as most orchards are intensively planted with half standard and bush trees and treated with chemicals. 
In our two orchards, which have organic status, we have over 80 standard trees.  The majority of the trees are cider apple varities – Bulmer’s Norman, Yarlington Mill, Michelin and Dabinett.  We also have a few non-cider varities  – Newton Wonder, Annie Elizabeth and Bramley. Our cider apples are sold to the nearby Westons Cider company and are used in their organic cider range. We have some of the Newton Wonder and Annie Elizabeth apples converted to juice by Jus Juice a local producer. A complimentary bottle of our organic apple juice is supplied to each guest on the welcome tray. If you like our juice then bottles are available to buy. The Bramleys are used for home cooking and in the delicious apple cake we leave for guests.

Springtime

A few of our trees are over 100 years old and, although they give few apples,  they provide a rich habitat for many birds incuding the spotted woodpecker which nest in them and which we see regularly. Over the past 30 years we have replanted with some new cider trees when the old ones have died keeping the orchards productive for future generations who may live here.  If you are interested in learning more about the Herefordshire tradition of cider making why not stay at The Studio during one of the Big Apple weekends which occur locally in Putley or Much Marcle?   The ‘Blossom Time’ weekend takes place in the first bank holiday weekend in May and ‘Harvestime’ occurs in early October.   

Cider apples ready for delivery to Westons

 

 

 

 

Our orchards also contain mistletoe, mostly growing on the oldest trees. Mistletoe is becoming  less common due to the decline in the number of  traditional apple orchards.  If you visit the famous Mistletoe Fair  in Tenbury Wells late November and early December you will see the biggest mistletoe auction in the country.