Isle of Wight Apple People and Places

Jill and Steve Cowley at Lee Farm

Jill and Steve Cowley live at Lee Farm in Wellow on the Isle of Wight.  They were the inspiration and driving force behind the Yarmouth Community Orchard (see details on this site here). 

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Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey has several orchards planted at different times and also pears trained along the old brick walls.  Organically grown apples are usually available from the Cafe and Tearoom ( new in 2011).

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Shalfleet Apple Day

This was the first Apple Day to be held on the Isle of Wight for some time and Chloe Sutherland, whose idea it was hopes that Apple Day at Shalfleet will become an annual event as everyone enjoyed it so much. Chloe tells me that in the first place Shalfleet Parochial Church Council applied for a grant from West Wight Landscape Partnership to repair the old Village hall which had become very dilapidated. Chloe was lead person for the Grant application. The hall is managed by a sub-group - the Hall Steering group of people from the Church and others - it remains the property of the church but is to be used by the whole community. Chloe was offered another grant for the field in which it stood.  There were a few old fruit trees at the top of the field where the vicarage vegetable garden had once been and the plan is to turn the overgrown field into a small orchard.  The brambles and scrub have been cleared and with the remains of the grant from the hall repairs a native species hedge has been planted with a crab apple and a local plum as standards.

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Chris and Barney Barnes at Afton Park

Afton Park - continued

Chris and Barney Barnes had already became interested in buying Afton Park from Les Smith, running the orchard and also developing the site as a Plant Nursery.

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Yarmouth Local Heroes Community Orchard

Planting of this new orchard took place on 8th and 9th December 2012.  I was there with my camera so look below for the gallery. Below is a list of trees planted. 

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Mary Case - Limerstone Farm

Mary is a lady of many wide ranging interests and talents, including bee keeping and apple growing, as well as helping to produce sheep and turkeys on a mixed arable farm at Limerstone.

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Carisbrooke Priory

Carisbrooke Priory is a community of Christians, some of whom are paid, most of whom work voluntarily.  The Priory and its garden are open from 10am – 4pm (except bank holidays)

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Les and Ann Smith at Afton Park

The Apple Orchard at Afton Park was started as a commercial orchard by Mr Les Smith and his wife Ann in 1976 at the end of the long hot summer.  It was something that he had wanted to do for many years.

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Osborne House

There are apple trees in two places at Osborne, in the Walled Garden and at the Swiss Cottage.  Apples and other fruit trees were grown at Osborne house when Queen Victoria lived there but there are no records of the varieties grown.

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Mr K G Wills

Mr Wills from Gurnard realised there were a number of interesting old orchards in the area and decided to survey and record them with has friend Mr Denham.

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Dave and Alison Harding

We are apple enthusiasts rather than experts but we decided to make this website to share what we have learnt from our experience in attempting to identify apples both at Apple Weekends and in other people's gardens and orchards. 

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Mr Bob Buckett

Bob Buckett was well known on the Island and beyond for his orchard and displays of apples.

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Rob Haworth - Godshill Cider Barn

Godshill Cider Company now produces cider from its own orchard at Watergate Farm, planted in 2001.

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John and Christine Harrison

There are many apple trees at Northcourt in Shorwell,  from old twisted espaliers in the walled garden to more recently planted orchards dating from the 1960s.  All these trees and the beautiful and interesting gardens that surround them are John and Christines's responsibility. 

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Sister Anselma Scollard - St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde

Sister Anselma runs the very productive orhards at St Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde.  You may have eaten some of her apples as she sells to local shops and businesses.

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Brian and Graham Deacon

Brian and Graham are cousins and run Deacon’s Nursery which is still essentially a family business employing wives, sons and daughters as well as other employees. They supply a wide variety of fruit as well as apples.

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