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The English Apple Man

The English Apple Man is a website dedicated to informing consumers about how the apples they buy in Supermarkets, Greengrocers, Farm Shops and other outlets are grown, harvested and marketed.

 

 

The Journals give a weekly update on events in our English apple orchards, using pictures and video clips to follow seasonal activities and giving the consumer a level of detail not available from any other source.

 

All aspects of growing, harvesting, storage, grading, packing and marketing are included enabling consumers to understand the challenges English growers face in supplying our sophisticated market place.

 

 

 

 

While there is enthusiastic support for older traditional varieties from dedicated interest groups and supportive media, the English Apple Man will endeavour to explain why support for the mainstream commercial production of English apples is vital to a sustainable apple industry in this country, delivering recognised benefits to the health of our consumers while maintaining our diverse and beautiful countryside.

 

Varieties grown commercially are relatively few in number, when matched against the 2300 varieties on display at The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent and while there is an increasing desire by all parties to retain and where possible reintroduce the best of our heritage varieties, the sustainability of our apple acreage depends on no more than a dozen varieties.

 

 

 

 

However, that does not mean we should dismiss all the efforts of growers determined to maintain our many heritage varieties, we must support all our producers, whether they be small in acreage, selling directly to the consumer, or large scale operations growing a thousand acres or more and totally dependent on supplying our supermarkets.

 

The History of The English Apple Man is a story of a lifetime spent in the industry, as a boy straight out of school, then as a young man developing all the practical knowledge of growing and later taking on the management of the family fruit farm, then changing course to join the major supplier of English Apples in a technical role and finally becoming Technical Director with a responsibility for product and environmental safety, product quality, and technical innovation.

 

Now retired, The English Apple Man will bring his unique experience of the English apple industry to all who visit the English Apple Man website.

 

 

Events

 

17/10/2015
Annual Brogdale Apple Festival

 

On Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th October 2015 the annual Brogdale Apple Festival will be held at Brogdale Farm Faversham.

 

21/10/2015
National Fruit Show

 

The 2015 National Fruit Show takes place at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone on Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd October

 

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Latest Journals

 

27/05/2016
Making sure pest control is precise and safe for the environment

 

On Monday The English Apple Man attended a Sprayer Workshop at Brogdale Farm organised by FAST Ltd and presented by Dr.Andrew J. Landers from Cornell University in New York State USA.

 

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20/05/2016
Walking Orchards in West Kent

 

BIFGA Spring farm walk 2016.............

 

 

 

 

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13/05/2016
At last the blossom is breaking out all over

 

Whether it is apples or pears, wild and ornamental cherries, malus trees and mayflowers in hedgerows, the countryside is in bloom!

 

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06/05/2016
Blossom walks in Kent and a new People Profile

 

On Tuesday The English Apple Man joined members of East Kent Fruit Society (EKFS) for a blossom walk in Kent. A new People Profile is now 'on line' - Brian and Norma Tompsett - A Growing Partnership

 

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29/04/2016
Radio Kent

 

Thursday - BBC Radio Kent at Broadwater Farm......bright sunshine but with icy cold air.....

 

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22/04/2016
Thursday was a very special day..............

 

Our Queen celebrated her 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April

 

 

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15/04/2016
The season is slowly progressing

 

The English Apple Man visited some orchards this week to check on bud development....

 

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08/04/2016
A funny old week with a number of 'ups and downs'

 

This week's Journal is an eclectic mix of personal highs and lows..........

 

 

 

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01/04/2016
April fool

 

Easter is over, April is here, the clocks have been reset, the evenings are lighter; a reason for us all to feel brighter!!!!

 

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25/03/2016
Easter 2016

 

Easter is here, its sunny today in East Sussex, but rain is forecast - typical English Easter....

 

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18/03/2016
The English Apple Man has been out in apple orchards this week

 

It really does feel like Spring is here at last...still a bit of ice in the wind, but so much better than wind & rain

 

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11/03/2016
Wild flowers and pollination

 

Can wild flowers attract more pollinating insects into our apple & pear orchards?

Above: from the left - Honey bee; - Solitary bee; - Hoverfly; and Bumble bee:

 

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