Fourayes Farm is located high on the North Downs in Kent the ‘Garden of England’ and one of the UK’s largest fruit-growing regions.
The Fourayes factory is surrounded by approximately 100 acres (32 hectares) of English Bramley apple orchards.
The oldest current Bramley apple orchard was planted in 1984 and we have three types of rootstock – most trees are on M9 or M26 although we do have a small area of M27. We also use several different varieties of apple tree for pollination.
Our orchards are high up on the North Downs at 450 feet above sea level. Bramley apples respond well to being grown at this height and we prune the trees a little lighter in order to keep a Bramley apple size range between 70mm and 105mm in diameter.
Leading the way with close planting
As each orchard comes to the end of its natural life, we have been replacing them with a revolutionary close-planted format. The first of these orchards was planted in December 2008 and found fame on BBC South East news. The format allows for better land utilisation, for more light to reach each apple as well as making pruning, tree management and picking more efficient. It’s a great new way to grow the best quality English Bramley apples.
Fourayes Farm Update March 2022
Fourayes Farm is located high on the North Downs in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’ and one of the UK’s largest fruit-growing regions. This video update shows our state of art storage facilities and close-planted orchards.
Swailey’s Orchard Reports
Swailey’s Farm Reports: Winter 2022
The last apples have been picked but the apple growing process is never over. As winter approaches at Fourayes Farm and the apple harvest has been picked, you might think that there is little left to do until spring. However, preparation for the following year begins at the start [...]
New luxury accommodation at Fourayes Farm
The hot news is that we’re putting up hotels all over Fourayes Farm. Most of my posts focus on events in our factory, so it’s a welcome change to focus this time on the Farm. The hotels I refer to are not the bricks and [...]
Job Vacancies: Fruit Pickers Late Aug – October 22, £15 per bin
Job Title: Bramley Apple Fruit Pickers Every year we look for reliable, fit and hard-working people to join the fruit picking team to bring in the Bramley Apple Harvest, from late August to October. Reporting to: The Farm Manager, Swailey Love Position: Seasonal late August to October every year Hours: Flexible [...]
Orchard Report February 2020
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: February 2020 At the time of writing we are just edging into February in what has, for the most part, been a mostly mild but wet winter. Our orchards have been waterlogged. Our new Bramley orchard has been staked [...]
Orchard Report Autumn 2019
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Autumn 2019 At the time of writing, we have just finished the Bramley harvest which started very dry, sometimes very hot and dusty, until 24th September when the heavens opened. By the end of the Bramley harvest we have had 100mm of rain. This turned the [...]
Orchard Report Summer 2019
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Summer 2019 At the time of writing we are just edging out of quite a dry May after a cold April in which our bees struggled to find any warm days to work their magic with the pollination. March [...]
Orchard Report Autumn 2018
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Autumn 2018 At the time of writing we are nearly half way through the first pick of the Bramley. The end of spring brought us a hail storm which hit half the farm while the other half was unaffected [...]
Orchard Report Spring 2018
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Spring 2018 We are emerging from a very wet and cold spring: we had 42mm of rain over the Easter weekend alone. The orchards are a sea of mud making spraying and fertilising operations very difficult. Fourwheel- drive has been very [...]
Orchard Report Winter 2017
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Winter 2017 At the time of writing we have just finished our first pick of the Bramley. It has so far been a fairly dry harvest: we lost two half days to the rain and had a couple of [...]
Orchard Report Spring 2017
Orchard Report Fourayes Farm: Spring 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. The outlook is a lighter crop. The winter was [...]