We make cider with apples which are hand picked from traditional Somerset orchards. Traditional orchards have large, ‘full size’ trees with a straight trunk, usually grown 8-10 metres apart. This means the grass under the trees can be grazed by cows or sheep, and traditional orchards are fantastic for biodiversity. We do not spray the trees or add fertiliser, except for a little bit of farmyard manure in very occasional circumstances. This allows a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem to develop which is key to the health of the trees and of the wild yeasts which are key to the production of quality cider.
We do not own orchards, but rent, though we undertake all of the orchard work and all of the picking.