Standen Fruit Farm
Community Orchard Association
maintaining one of england’s historic traditional orchards
Volunteer work morning
Our next working morning for plot owners, volunteers and trustees will take place on Saturday 5 June at 10.00 a.m.
This is a great chance to get involved with some of the routine maintenance tasks at the orchard, as well as to meet some of the Association's members, plot owners and others who have an interest in this remarkable traditional orchard.
On 5 June there's some bramble clearing to be done, and collection of disused plastic tree protectors. We also have some lures and traps to put in some of the older apple trees for our new noble chafer beetle project.
The Noble chafer is a rare and beautiful metallic-green beetle that can be found in traditional orchards. It is on the wing over summer, feeding on umbellifers. The larvae live in the decaying wood of old trees.
We’re hoping that the way the Orchard has been managed over the past couple of decades will have encouraged this rare insect to adopt it as its home. It will be quite significant if we find that they are resident!
Meet us on Saturday 5 June at the gate opposite Chapel House from 10.00 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there - and it's as much a social occasion as a working one, so don't worry if you aren't able to help with physical tasks. We'd just love to meet you!
Apple juice – available now
For the first time, we have had some of the apple crop pressed, juiced and bottled!
We have a very limited supply of one litre bottles of either mixed variety or Cox available to buy.
The juice was pressed and bottled at nearby Ringden Farm, in Hurst Green. The juice has a shelf life of almost two years although we think it tastes so good you’ll find it difficult to resist opening your bottles!
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