Why Buy Heritage Apple Trees?
It's difficult to find most of our heritage apples for sale now. Sometimes that's because - well - they don't taste great. More often, though, it's because they store badly, or bruise when travelling, or look funny, or the trees don't yield enough. We don't cook as much so don't need different varieties of cookers. There's an element of Catch 22 as well - because we don't eat traditional old apple varieties we're unfamiliar with them, and don't plant heritage apple trees as a result.
We think that's a terrible shame, and not just because they can taste so delicious.
Britain has a rich history of apple trees and has the perfect climate for them; there are English, Scottish and Welsh varieties listed here. They are associated with the areas - or even villages - they come from. Here in Somerset we are in cider land, and are surrounded by villages with their own apple varieties - Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black...
Value For Wildlife
Not only that, but old fashioned apple trees can provide a rich, attractive and varied habitat for some our of rarest flora and fauna - as well as some of our more familiar wildlife. Other kinds of heritage fruit trees can do the same job too. Not only is the blossom great for pollinators, including bees, but you'll also find a lot of standing dead and dying wood in an orchard, as the trees are relatively short-lived.
Which Apple Trees Should I Buy, And When?
Have a look at our guide to planting, which will explain apple rootstocks and planting distances, and pollination groups. You'll also find lots of helpful advice in the resources below and in our FAQs. Our apple trees are all supplied as young bare root plants, so they're only available from November to the end of March - i.e. when they are dormant. You can reserve them in the nursery in advance of this period, however.
Our Apple Trees Are British Grown
We source our apple trees from several specialist traditional nurseries in the UK, so they are ALL British grown and - we hope! - high quality. There aren't many fruit tree nurseries left here, and we think it's important to support them and the varieties they sell.
We donate half of our profits from online apple tree sales to Common Ground.
Apple Trees Advice & Guides
Choosing your apple trees
The questions you need to answer to decide which variety is for you.
How do I store apples?
How to pick and store apples, and which varieties store best.
Why heritage apple trees?
Good reasons to buy British apple trees
Planting bare root plants (Video)
Our video guide on how to plant your bare root apple plants.