This is a new website being built for Gloucestershire Orchard Trust during winter/spring 2017.
This page, its content, logos, layout and the sidebar are under construction at present.
Feel free to explore the structure, but please note there isn't much content yet and parts of the structure are incomplete.
Our existing website, at www.gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk, will still be available throughout the build.
Editing notes - this page needs some more general information, guidance on titling and terminology, examples of courses etc and pictures, perhaps as a slide show
The Orchard Centre at Hartpury is set in the midst of the National Perry Pear collection, with over 100 varieties of Perry Pear. The oak framed Centre building provides information and is a unique specialist centre for training in the production of cider, perry, juice and orchard fruit-based products.
The National Perry Pear collection has at least two examples of every known variety of perry pear. Graftwood can be supplied. It was started by Jim Chapman in 1999 to replicate and extend the Malvern Perry Pear collection established by Charles Martell from 1991 onwards. Jim gave 25 acres to the Hartpury Heritage Trust to establish the new collection. This land includes the orchards, a wetland nature reserve and, from 2008, the Orchard Centre building.
In 2015 the Centre was extended to include a library and office space. By then the perry pear collection had increased to 105 distinct varieties. To improve bio-security, it was decided to spread the collection between the sites and in 2016 the Malvern collection was enlarged to 75. By way of comparison the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale includes only 20 perry pear varieties.
Visitors are welcome at any time – parking (if gates closed) is on hardstanding outside the main gate, and access is via kissing gates.
Hartpury Heritage Trust, the charity which owns the Centre and manages the National Perry Pear Collection, is a small village charity. Other than support from Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship programme, it currently receives no financial support for its activities, although the National Association of Cidermakers did provide annual support for 3 years.