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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.





Annual Brogdale Apple Festival


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


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


Radio Kent


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


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Thursday was a very special day..............


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



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The season is slowly progressing


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


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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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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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Easter 2016


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


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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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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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Cherries and Fruit Tree Walls


The English Apple Man reviews presentations from the recent EMR Tree Fruit Day.......


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This week the juices were running


This week, The English Apple Man joined the judging panel for the Marden Fruit Show Juice Competition


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We are seven weeks into 2016


Seven weeks into this year and time to review the market place


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Pruning instruction at Hadlow College


The English Apple Man joined pruning experts at the annual Hadlow College Pruning Day


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The English Apple Man has been at Hadlow College today


Today; Friday 5th February, The English Apple Man spent the day at the annual pruning event at Hadlow College


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It is a big day for Mrs. English Apple Man


Today my wife celebrate's a 'landmark' birthday......




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New Cherry varieties


At The Agrovista Technical Day, Leon Jahae introduced new cherry varieties


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The English Apple Man visits Brands Hatch


The Annual Agrovista Technical Conference took place this week at Brands Hatch in Kent


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Into a New Year


Looking ahead to 2016 and beyond........


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Happy New Year


The English Apple Man takes a look back at 2015


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Happy Christmas


Another Christmas is here - they come around (it seems) at an ever increasing pace as we get older...


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Upping the stakes for recruiting harvest workers


Responding to the need for better trained harvest workers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



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Two weeks to go before Santa calls


With just two weeks to go before Christmas, 'are my readers short on ideas for a present for family members who have an interest in apples & pears?



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Just twenty one days to Christmas


At this stage of the year in my apple growing days, the packhouse was buzzing as Christmas approached...


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Winter is now properly upon us


After the warm Autumn temperatures, Winter arrived with the sudden fall in temperatures from circa 15C to freezing in just three days.


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Lots of delicious English Apples in our Supermarkets


The English Apple Man visits more Supermarkets sampling English Apples & Pears...


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What's on this week?


Its mid November, the weather is dull and dreary....and ....Christmas is less than six weeks away....


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The English Apple Man takes a trip down Memory Lane


Nostalgia; Old photos bringing back fond memories


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Buckingham Palace receives winning fruit from The National Fruit Show


The National Fruit Show Competition Entries have been sent to a number of prestigious locations.....


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Award Winning Apples


Its National Fruit Show week and The English Apple Man was involved


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Next week is the 82nd Anniversary National Fruit Show


On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October the 82nd National Fruit Show will take place at The Kent County Showground at Detling, near Maidstone in Kent.


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Its October and the days are shortening fast!


Nine days into October and the evenings are closing in fast; for the last two weeks growers have been hard at it picking Gala...


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Bountiful Botanics at Wakehurst Place


Last Sunday The English Apple Man attended the first Bountiful Botanics event at Wakehurst Place in East Sussex


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Apple harvest is well under way


Apple harvest is in full swing; most Cox have been picked and Gala picking is well under way......


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The English Apple Man visits Southwell home of the Bramley apple


Norwood Park in Nottinghamshire is the custodian of the original Bramley apple


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What are the prospects for Gala our number one variety


The English Apple Man attends this year's Gala Club meeting at Sean Charlton's Farm


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September is here and the apple harvest is underway


After the early season apples, the second earlies, Zari and Estivale are now in the shops


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