The National Fruit Collections at Brogdale
The National Fruit Collections at Brogdale, Faversham, Kent: the largest collection of fruit varieties - over 4,000 - growing on one site in the world and open to the public.
28 March - late November 2009: Guided Walks of the National Fruit Collections take place every day and at intervals throughout the day.
Spring Blossom - from late March to May - is a fabulous time to see the Collections as is harvest time which commences with the soft fruits and cherries in June to July, to be followed by plums, apples, pears, nuts, quinces and medlars. There is something of interest throughout the year in the Collections.
Visitors are taken through the Collections accompanied by a guide. The walk takes about an hour.
Visitors may also take a self guided walk which is sign posted and marked with explanatory boards for each of the Collections.
For more details see: http://www.brogdalecollections.co.uk/orchard-tours.html
For details of the new management at Brogdale and the resolution of the debate over the future of the Collections see the Fruit Forum Blog: http://fruitforum.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/national-fruit-collections-the-new-management-arrangements/