Bramley apple orchard Fourayes

Ian's Orchard Reports

Ian Witherden has worked in the fruit growing industry since he was a teenager and has managed the orchards at Fourayes since 2002. Responsible for all the orchards and a team of year-round support staff, Ian knows the land, the trees and the wildlife inside out. His observations on the environment, the developments in farming techniques, the weather and the wildlife makes a fascinating chronological history of the orchards at Fourayes.

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Oct 18, 2018
At the time of writing we are nearly half way through the first pick of the Bramley.
Jun 13, 2018
We are emerging from a very wet and cold spring: we had 42mm of rain over the Easter weekend alone.
Oct 13, 2017
At the time of writing we have just finished our first pick of the Bramley.
May 11, 2017

We are emerging from an early spring which has been colder than normal. The bees have struggled to find small windows of warm weather to pollinate the bramley.

Oct 20, 2016
We are about a third of the way though our second pick of the Bramley. For the most part it has been a dry summer with almost no rain at all in August.
May 15, 2016
We are heading into a late spring with another cold weekend ahead to slow things down again.
Sep 29, 2015
We are about half way through the first pick of the Bramley crop
Oct 23, 2014

Our harvest is almost complete, we are on the last full day of the Bramley pick and have one more pick of the Gala to finish, with just a few pollinators.

May 20, 2014

We are just edging our way out of Spring. Our blossom has gone and the bees have returned home to Warwickshire after having some lovely sunshine to work in.

Nov 2, 2013
Autumn is trying to turn into winter with a - 3˚ ground frost turning to heavy rain with a downpour of hail thrown in for good measure. Our growing season started with a very late spring when our bees would again not fly.

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