Chiltern Heritage Orchards
Heritage Fruits Grown Sustainably
We are an organic regenerative fruit orchard in the Chiltern Hills, UK.
We grow and promote heritage varieties, many of which are not grown commercially anywhere else in the UK.
Bring back the flavour! Over the past 200 years many species of fruit tree have almost disappeared. We want to change that. We're on a mission to bring back tasty, versatile and interesting varieties like Bishop's Thumb, Lewis's Incomparable, Howgate Wonder and Green Pear of Yair among many, many others. We grow these and over 200 other varieties of fruit.
We utilise 3 simple principles:
Firstly, historical knowledge of reliable cultivars and growing requirements.
Secondly, organic and regenerative growing techniques which produce highly
flavoured, nutritious and pesticide-free crops.
Thirdly, using diverse ecological environmental practices to support the crop
through beneficial insects, birds and bats.
We are still a relatively young orchard so we don't yet have our full range of fruits in high volume. At the moment we sell only to restaurants and have partnered with some of the best in the Chilterns.
As part of our mission to promote the benefits of these varieties, we produce regular videos, including tips, resources and updates. Perhaps you'll be inspired to bring back the flavour!
Organic and Regenerative for Better Flavour, Nutrition and Sustainability
We grow over 100 varieties of heritage apples, including specialist desert, cooking, juicing and cider apples.
We grow over 20 varieties of heritage pears, including desert, cooking and perry pears.
Damsons & Plums
We grow a wide range of heritage plums and damsons suited to eating fresh, cooking or preserving.
We grow over a dozen varieties.
We grow a selection of long forgotten varieties.
We grow a handful of varieties including one which is exclusive to us.
An almost forgotten fruit, we grow a selection of unusual bullaces.
We have a wide selection of mainly heritage rhubarb.
Rarely found in the UK we have a selection of unusual azeroles.
Promoting Wildlife for Ecosystem Health