Standen Fruit Farm
Community Orchard Association
maintaining one of england’s historic traditional orchards
Apple Day 2023
The Trustees of the Standen Fruit Farm regret that this year's Apple Day has been cancelled.
The date we had selected clashed with too many other events taking place in the area, so we could not persuade stall holders and others to provide the entertainment that's become traditional. Add to that the fact that the apple crop has matured far earlier than usual, and we felt that it's better to cancel the 2023 event and start working on a bigger, better, brighter Apple Day in 2024. The Association's AGM will now take place on 15 October at Iden Green Pavilion.
Supported by Sussex Lund
Sussex Lund was formed in 2016 to support small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald in Sussex. An exceptional medieval landscape, with a wealth of wildlife and historic features, the High Weald is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Association and its Members are most grateful to Sussex Lund for its support over the past few years that helps us maintain this historic orchard and improve the diversity and ecology of this unspoilt part of the Kent countryside.
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