Kingsbury Episcopi @ the Heart of Ciderland……has been the title of a parish-wide project which, working with families in the parish, has brought together many of the materials and insights for this area of our website. Our work continues….
Ron and Angela Male bought the orchard behind the church in 1984. They tend it today with their sons Trevor and Brian.
Arthur William Thomas Male and his father had cider apple orchards in many areas of the Parish, selling the apples locally and also exporting to New Zealand.
John and May Mcgouther’s orchard at Stembridge is very traditional, with 17 different varieties of cider apple.
Six generations of Kingsbury Males have farmed in the parish. Today the operation is a mix of the new & traditional, with the bulk of the new contracted to Magners, and the traditional to Cornish Orchards.
Sid Dixon has restored Four Winds Cider Orchard at East Lambrook.
Roy White has kept bees for many years. His hives can be found in cider orchards all over the Parish.
The Ducks of Pass Vale farm were working the land from at least the mid 19th century, establishing traditional cider orchards.
The Elliotts of Lower Burrow Farm – cider makers for four generations and all named William.
Three generations of the Hebditch Family at New Cross Farm. The farm has always been involved with apples and apple tree husbandry.
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