We are now selling freshly picked cherries every day, 9am-5pm at our orchard in Sandurst – We’re situated on the A268 directly before the turning for Iden Green and Benenden if you’re travelling from the direction of Hawkhurst. Our farm shop’s on a trailer attached to the back of a tractor – you can’t miss us!
Here you can rent a cherry tree on an annual basis and enjoy the delights of experiencing your cherry tree throughout the growing season – from the picturesque flowering period to the satisfaction of harvest time when you’ll be able to come and pick your Kent cherries that have been grown specifically for you. Alternatively, renting a cherry tree makes an individual and special gift – you really can’t beat the flavour of Kent cherries.
We grow 5 different varieties of cherry tree at our orchard. These are Kordia, Colney, Penny, Sweetheart and Regina. These varieties are all planted on the latest most reliable and consistent Gisela series rootstocks. The first variety picked is Kordia, roughly towards the end of the first week of July and then the varieties sequentially in the order listed. All of these varieties are late black cherries of substantial size and are a truly mouth-watering experience. You will be given at least a 10 day time period in which to come and pick your cherries when they are ready in July.
The timing of this opportunity to rent a cherry tree could not be better. The cherry orchard was planted in the winter of 2003 so is therefore in its prime with vibrant young cherry trees covered in fruiting budwood. 2016 was a slightly below par crop with the yield affected by cold weather in May. 2015 was a great year for cherries with a really lovely crop of exceptional quality and the flavour in 2015 was just divine! The crop averaged around 12-13kgs with lots of very happy people amazed you could get so many cherries from one tree! Therefore, if you love cherries this is the place for you as it gives you the chance to enjoy all the benefits of the cherry orchard in its prime.
Freshly picked Kent cherries straight from the cherry tree, at optimum ripeness, offer a uniquely different and satisfying taste to the cherries that you’ll buy in your local shops and supermarkets. You will be amazed by the difference in flavour.
Local grown fruit is widely appreciated by consumers and keenly sought after. If such fruit can be highly flavoursome with minimal air miles attached, it meets all the criteria of a modern consumer – we want to grow our fruit based around this ethos.
If you would prefer to simply come and buy fresh Kent Cherries when they are in season (mid June to Early August) we sell freshly picked cherries directly from our other orchard at Sandhurst in Kent. We’re situated on the A268 directly before the turning for Iden Green and Benenden if you’re travelling from the direction of Hawkhurst. Our farm shop’s on a trailer attached to the back of a tractor – you can’t miss us!
Alternatively, you can come and find us at one of the many farmers markets that we attend.