Thatchers Cider plants 100,000 more trees in Somerset

Thatchers Cider has completed planting of over 100,000 trees at its Myrtle Farm base in Sandford, Somerset. These include classic bittersweet varieties such as Vilberry, Harry Masters Jersey and Dabinett, as well as new early variety, Helen.

New orchard to stage trials - image: Thatchers
New orchard to stage trials - image: Thatchers

A new three-hectare orchard at the farm will also be used to trial 22 different apple varieties in the hedgerow style of planting pioneered by Thatchers.

Managing director Martin Thatcher said: "The aim of this trial is to identify some of the older and more traditional varieties of apple which, when combined with our own hedgerow techniques, are capable of producing cider of optimum quality."

He added: "With apple trees taking six or seven years to start cropping fully, and orchards lasting around 40 years, planting orchards now is a long-term commitment."


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