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Friends of the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale

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Cherry Collection

We invite you to join us to become part of Britain's fruit heritage.

Our aims are to protect and promote the National Fruit Collections and inspire a love and appreciation of fruit in all its many forms.

Join the Friends of the National Fruit Collections and become one of the Friends and guardians of the Collections. We are asking only for your support. There is currently no charge for membership, although donations will be be greatly appreciated.

To register as a Friend go to: http://www.fruitforum.net/inforequest.aspx

The Friends of the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale were formed in May 2007 to campaign to keep the Collections at Brogdale when the possibility arose that they might be moved to another site. In December 2007 Government decided that  the Collections should remain at Brogdale, near Faversham, Kent.

The Friends of the National Fruit Collections are continuing as an independent organisation and enlisting new Friends as supporters and guardians of the Collections to help guarantee their long term protection.

Friends of the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale enjoy:

Friends Days organised at Brogdale when we make private visits to the Collections and over the season explore their full range of fruits and varieties. Days also include talks, discussions and tastings.

Friends Newsletter with news from the Friends, the Collections and Brogdale by e-mail; for printed copies we ask a small contribution (currently £5) to cover costs.

Friends may purchase Friends £15 Brogdale 2010 Season Ticket to visit the Collections and Brogdale Festivals from Brogdale Collections.

The National Fruit Collections at Brogdale are the largest fruit collection in the world growing on one site and comprise over 4,000 fruit varieties: around 2,000 apples, 500 pears, 280 cherries, 300 plums, 50 hazelnuts, 150 gooseberries, 200 currants (black, red, white and pink), as well as small collections of vines, quinces, medlars and apricots. The Collections are our national fruit heritage: the varieties that have been grown in gardens and orchards for centuries and which have shaped local communities and our landscapes. They are a living gene bank, which forms part of the UK’s contribution to global food security and both a national and international genetic resource. 

The Collections belong to Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) which funds their maintenance and curatorship. From 1 April 2008 the contract holders will be the University of Reading in partnership with FAST (Farm Advisory Service team). Public access,  through guided walks of the Collections, and the provision of public facilities are undertaken by Brogdale Collections, a social enterprise company.

To register as a Friend go to:http://www.fruitforum.net/inforequest.aspx

Or: e-mail: nfcfriends@hotmail.co.uk or write to Friends of NFC at Brogdale, c/o The Secretary, PO Box 264, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3UY.

National Fruit Collections are located at Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent.

For directions, details on opening times, guided walks of the Collections and Brogdale events contact: www.brogdalecollections.co.uk
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ. Tel: 01795 536250, Fax: 01795 534860

To register as a Friend go to: http://www.fruitforum.net/inforequest.aspx