Orchard Extravaganza Sunday 4th October


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 Herefordshire Helped Save the British Cider Industry


There has been a strong tradition of cider-making throughout Herefordshire for over three-hundred-and-fifty years. The county still accounts for over half the cider produced in the UK.  The earliest written  mention of cider can be found in Hereford Cathedral’s famous Chained library in the Wycliffe Bible.  Today’s cider and perry industry owes much to Herefordshire and in particular a few influential and passionate men who played a crucial role in its development. Continue reading

All The Fun Of The Fair


The sun shone and the cider flowed.  The annual Spring Greens Fair at the Court of Noke just outside Pembridge, north Herefordshire was Orchard Origins first festival of the year. Our draught cider, Harry Marstons, a medium dry, and Browns a dry cider both proved very popular. Our bottled cider, a mellow combination of Harry Marstons and Browns, also sold well.

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We will be selling our products at other fairs and festivals across Herefordshire during the summer.  Details will be posted on the blog, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Please come and support us.

Spring Greens Fair

Orchard Origins has been busy getting ready for the Spring Greens Fair on 3 and 4 May at Court of Noke, Staunton-on-Arrow, Herefordshire HR6 9HW.  The Orgasmic Cider company kindly allowed us to use their bottling and pasteurising equipment for a day so that we could bottle our own cider.

The Spring Greens Fair is a great day out for all the family. You can watch demonstrations of traditional crafts, listen to live music and poetry, sample freshly prepared food and drinks or just stroll around the beautiful grounds.  Orchard Origins will be running the cider bar on both days, so come and enjoy our craft cider and apple juice in this magnificent setting.

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Help Preserve Herefordshire’s Traditional Orchards


IMG_0932Orchard Origins is entering an exciting new phase as it becomes a Community Interest Company. We currently help maintain eleven acres of orchard owned and managed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust, as well as over twenty or so private orchards. Each week we are contacted by landowners who are keen to work with us. As we grow and take on further orchards, we are on the lookout for more volunteers. If you enjoy being outside and learning new skills or are just keen to understand more about Herefordshire’s orchard heritage why not come and join us? It’s a friendly and fun atmosphere with plenty of tea and coffee breaks.

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Mental Wealth: The Wellbeing Value Of Volunteering Outdoors


Mental illness is very common. One in four people will experience some form of mental heath problem in their lifetime, such as depression or anxiety, The stigma and discrimination associated with it is wide-reaching, and deeply affects the choices people make. It can have an impact on every aspect of their life; their family and social relationships, education and access to employment. Many feel socially isolated and excluded from their local communities. Research shows that supporting people to be active outdoors benefits their mental wellbeing. Continue reading

The Mistle Thrush and Mistletoe


During the winter months the orchards take on a different character. Disrobed of their leaves, the trees reveal their true form. It is a good time of year to catch sight of the many bird species that use the orchards as their winter larder. The Mistle Thrush is a regular visitor attracted by the mistletoe that grows in the apple trees.  At this time of year this pale, black-spotted thrush can be heard loudly defending clumps of mistletoe which is a valuable food source for the bird. Continue reading

Orchard Origins First Batch Of Cider

Making craft cider isn’t something that can be rushed.  It has a long tradition and requires time and skill to produce good-tasting cider. We are guided through the process by a local Herefordshire cider-maker.

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The apple juice will be left in an airtight storage tank to ferment slowly and allow the flavour to develop.   By the summer Orchard Origins’ first batch of craft cider should be ready for bottling.

Managing Mistletoe


Dormington is a good example of an orchard that is in need of mistletoe management. Many of the trees are over eighty years old and struggling to thrive under the weight of this parasitic plant.  Trees can cope with small amounts of mistletoe, but unchecked it can swamp the tree and eventually threaten its survival.

Cutting and selling mistletoe prunings is a traditional method of controlling its impact. Orchard Origins has been  harvesting mistletoe at Dormington to sell in the run up to Christmas.   Continue reading