Standen Fruit Farm
Community Orchard Association
maintaining one of england’s historic traditional orchards
AGM and Apple Day 2020
The Standen Fruit Farm Community Association AGM took place on Sunday 27 September 2020 in Benenden Village Hall. Video conference facilities were available to those unable to attend in person.
At 1.00 p.m., the traditional Apple Day got underway at the Orchard. This is when the the Orchard Association and its members invite you to come and visit their plots. As well as finding out about the Orchard and the Association, visitors could pick apples, browse the local produce stalls and take part in a cider apple picking initiative with our new partners, Bignose and Beardy. Some people employed novel techniques to get the apples towards the top of trees...
Despite blustery, cold weather, there was a great turnout and the feedback we received from visitors was hugely positive. There's now a growing list of people who are interested in buying plots in the Orchard!
Standen Street Orchard is situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – one of 50 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is an idyllic setting in the heart of the Kent countryside, with more than 50 acres of apple and cherry fields.
The orchard was “land plotted” in the 1970s and plots were bought by people across the UK as a potential investment. Today, the volunteers of the Standen Fruit Farm Community Orchard Association manage much of the orchard on behalf of the land owners with over 300 plots.
With your help, we are preserving a piece of Britain’s heritage
The Association mows, prunes, maintains hedges, fences and ditches, ensuring that the orchard is vibrant and accessible to plot holders and walkers on the public footpaths throughout the year.
We would welcome your support either as an Associate Member or as a donor.
Our mission and approach
The aim of the Association is to maintain the orchard, protect biodiversity, and to connect people with their local environment and its history. The Tithe map from 1777 and Epoch map 1843-93 show that the land areas have retained a very similar shape since then.
The orchard covers around 50 acres in the heart of the Kent countryside
The Association is run by volunteers who have an interest in preserving this historic orchard
There are many different types of apple and cherry trees across the orchard
The Association has been in existence for over 40 years, maintaining the orchard for the benefit of owners and the wider public
The Association works on behalf of well in excess of 70 individual plot owners