Getting Fruity!

12th September 2017

Lincolnshire is widely known as the bread basket and Kent the fruit basket of England but it may surprise you that there are still thriving orchards within the Wolds and wider county. Traditional Lincolnshire apple varieties such as Allington Pippin, Ellison's Orange, and Peasgood Nonsuch can still be found and of course, there is a variety of apple called Isaac Newton!

There has been an increasing recognition of the importance of traditional orchards as part of the wider and historic landscape; in addition they often provide niche opportunities for a wide range of plants, birds, mammals and insects.  However, very little is known about them and we only have an estimate of 48 traditional orchards within the Wolds that have been identified using 2003-2005 aerial photographs.

However, we are looking to change that as an orchard survey is starting within the Wolds this autumn. We and the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) are working together to gather information on the extent and condition of orchards within the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  This information will provide evidence for grant applications and we hope encourage restoration, creation and management of this habitat.
Traditional Orchards are included in the

Greater Lincolnshire Nature Strategy

along with the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB Management Plan

If you have any information of the location of any orchard within the Wolds, please let us know via 01522 555780 or email

Why not enjoy the autumnal Apple Day! An annual celebration of apples and orchards, events are held throughout October, can be large or small, from apple games in a garden to large village fairs with cookery demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and the sale of many hundreds of apple varieties. Visit our events page

for an Apple Day event in the Wolds.

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