Orchard Origins’ Volunteers: Clare’s Story

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Herefordshire is one of many Wildlife Trusts to run a nature-based social enterprise to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.  They are doing so because a huge body of research shows that access to nature has great benefits for people, among them reduced depression, obesity and diabetes. Mental ill health costs the UK £105.2 billion in 2009-2010 (The Centre for Mental Health). One study suggests green therapy could save the NHS £2.1bn a year.

This is Clare’s story on how volunteering with Orchard Origins has helped her.  Continue reading

Great Offer From PTES For Traditional Orchard Owners

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The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species is offering to fund replacement planting for traditional orchards that are in need of new trees. This to ensure that these orchards survive for the next hundred years and beyond.

This fantastic offer is open to any owner or manager of an existing traditional orchard be it a community orchard, or a privately-owned or managed orchard. The grants can cover the cost of the trees themselves, or the cost of rootstocks onto which existing varieties in your orchard, or a variety of your choice, can be grafted. Continue reading

First Juicing Contract Completed = One Happy Customer

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Capture the unique taste of your orchard in a bottle.

Orchard Origins can make the most of your apple crop so that it can be enjoyed throughout the year.

We specialise in small batch processing (50-700kg)

We only press ripe apples giving your juice a full and aromatic flavour

We do not filter juice, ensuring a high level of natural fruit fibre is retained

We typically add a small amount of Vitamin C to prevent the juice from browning, but if you prefer we can refrain

Bottled juice is gently pasteurised, giving most juices a shelf life of two years

We use green glass bottles which helps protect your juice from premature deterioration

All proceeds go towards supporting the environmental and social aims of Orchard Origins.

Contact Julia or Laurence for more information at orchards@herefordshirewt.co.uk or call them on 01432 356872

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Picking Apples For Juicing: Why Timing Is Important

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This year has been an exciting one for Orchard Origins, launching as a Community Interest Company and getting ready for our first season of juicing and cidermaking in our purpose-made workshop, hereafter known as the Shed.  Last year’s harvest was a challenge for us as we got the Shed up and running; this year we are clean, clear and ready for action – we’ve even washed the crates in anticipation.  Cider apples are going to be a little while as their high sugar levels take a long time to develop, but why haven’t we started picking for juice yet? Continue reading

Apple Juicing and Bottling Service

 

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Orchard Origins offers a specialist juicing and bottling service 

Juicing is a great way of processing surplus apples and enjoying them long after the eating season is over. In our purpose built juicing shed, we are able to produce apple juice to retail standards, so whether you want juice for your own consumption or intend to sell it on you can rest assured that it is of the highest quality.

 

Keeping it pure

We only press ripe apples giving your juice a full and aromatic flavour

We do not filter juice, ensuring a high level of natural fruit fibre is retained

We typically add a small amount of Vitamin C to prevent the juice from browning, but if you prefer we can refrain

Bottled juice is gently pasteurised, giving most juices a shelf life of two years

We use green glass bottles which helps protect your juice from premature deterioration

 

What we ask from you

Hand pick from the tree – bruised or contaminated apples cannot go into juice as there is a risk of pathogens

Deliver ripe and ready to press – unripe apples make inferior juice and we have limited storage capacity. [See Ready to Pick v Ripe to Eat]

We specialise in small batch processing (50-700kg)

 

Your next step

Contact Julia or Laurence orchards@herefordshirewt.co.uk 01432 356872

Apple Juice And Cider-Making Workshops

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Learn how to make your own delicious apple juice or cider.

Orchard Origins is running a number of workshops during the apple picking season on apple juice processing and cider-making.  The one-day introductory courses will take place at Houghton Court, a 200 acre working farm and Care farm, where we have helped plant an orchard of 250 mixed apple and pear varieties. It also where we have our fully-equipped Juicing Shed.

These are practical, hands-on courses that will teach you everything you need to know from tree to bottle.

At the end of the day you will take away your own blend of cider or juice to share with family and friends.

Apple Juice Processing Workshop 

Saturday 24 October 2015

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

Cider Making Workshop

Saturday 21 November 2015 and Saturday 9 January 2016

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

If you would like to get more details or book a place on a course please contact Julia Morton or Laurence Green on 01432 356872 or book online at http://www.herefordshirewt.org/whats-on

Orchard Extravaganza Sunday 4th October

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As part of h.Energy weekend Orchard Origins will celebrate Herefordshire’s traditional orchards with a family pick and press day, pruning demo and a BBQ with local sausages and cider on Sunday 4th October from 11am to 3pm at Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UT.

 

On the edge of Hereford overlooking the Lugg meadow lies one of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s traditional orchards, planted with heritage varieties of eating and cider apples. For one day the orchard will be open to members of the public to come and pick, press, taste, learn and enjoy. Tuck in to a local sausage provided by the Houghton Project and pint of Orchard Origins very own cider too, all for just £5 per adult, children under 14 years go free.

 

Turnham Green Wood will also be there, demonstrating green woodworking techniques and staff from Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be on hand to answer your broader wildlife enquires.

 

This is a bookable event so anyone interested in joining in should contact Julia or Laurence on 01432 356872 / orchards@herefordshirewt.co.uk or book online at http://www.herefordshirewt.org/whats-on. All proceeds go to supporting the conservation and social aims of Orchard Origins.

How To Avoid Silver Leaf

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Plum trees are particularly prone to silver leaf

It is coming towards the end of the period when it is safe to prune plants that are susceptible to silver leaf.  There are number of fruit trees that are prone to this potentially fatal and untreatable fungal disease, most notably plum and cherry.  The silver leaf fungus releases most of its infectious spores between September and May during damp or wet weather, so pruning in the summer during a dry spell is recommended.  Furthermore, during the summer months the trees produce a gum in the plant tissues which helps prevent the spread of silver leaf fungal threads. Any spores that enter and germinate are unlikely to go on to cause silver leaf symptoms. Continue reading

Good News In The Budget For Small Cidermakers

IMG_1470 Regular readers of this blog and twitter account will be aware that Orchard Origins fully supported CAMRA’s call to parliament to appeal against an EU proposal to end the small cidermakers’ duty exemption, and in Tuesday’s budget George Osborne announced that it will be retained.  This excellent news at it means that those of us who make fewer that 7,000 litres of cider per year remain exempt from paying duty. Continue reading