Ringmer Community Orchard

Would you like to learn about pruning fruit trees or heritage fruit?

Ringmer Community Orchard is a beautiful orchard of heritage apple, pear and plum trees planted in December 2005 on Broyle Place Farm, land kindly donated by Anthony Tasker. Many of the trees are traditional Sussex varieties, such as Claygate Pearmain, Saltcote Pippin and Crawley Beauty.

We cultivate the site organically running a range of training sessions through the year to keep the trees healthy and support native wildlife.  Learn more about managing a traditional fruit orchard on one of our courses or as a volunteer member.  Email us if you are interested in finding out more.

Check our diary for forthcoming events and activities.
For information on all our fruit trees download details here.

Katharine Finnigan
Voluntary Project Co-ordinator

Katharine will be at the Orchard on the 1st Friday (morning) and 3rd Sunday (afternoon) of every month with additional dates by appointment.

Each member commits to about six hours a year which can be arranged to suit you.  We will provide a series of initial sessions to give you the skills and knowledge you need and we organise group social events through the year.  You can also "adopt a tree" to support the orchard without commiting your time . All members and supporters receive a share of the harvest as well as free training on caring for a fruit orchard. 

You can buy surplus fruit and our own apple juice from us. from the orchard is available for sale to the general public on set harvesting dates or through the local greengrocers.

Download our membership form here. 

 

Workshops and Events at Ringmer Community Orchard

We host a variety of workshops and events throughout the year. These are run by local orchard experts.

Pruning Workshops

Putting weights on branches

In early Spring and August we put weights on the upright branches for 6 weeks. This helps encourage more fruit and better air flow through the branches.

Apple Pressing at Ringmer Community Orchard

Ladybirds enjoy the overripe Scrumptious 

Ladybirds enjoy the overripe Scrumptious 

We manage the site to encourage a diverse range of native wildlife. There are plenty of moths, bats, and birds and an increasing number of wildflowers growing there.

Resource

We have approximately 70 trees at the Orchard chosen to give us a range of ripening dates and both cooking and dessert apples.