Sid dixon Cider orchard

Sid Dixon

Four Winds Cider Farm, East Lambrook

I came to the Parish in 2010 with a background in Special Needs Education
The main achievement has been the restoration of Four Winds Orchard at
East Lambrook, ensuring its survival and continuation.

The orchard’s role in the history of apple varieties, is the fact that the first row of apple trees, according to “A Somerset Pomona” by Liz Copas, is the nearest to the original Dabinett tree.
Liz suggests that in circa 1900 William Dabinett took a cutting from just across the road in East Lambrook Lane. It was then propagated by Charles Porter, Nurseryman of the village. His granddaughter still lives in the village.
Dabinetts are now grown in many countries including Australia & New Zealand.

At the 2016 Bath & West Show, Four Winds Orchard was awarded ‘‘The Most Improved Orchard ’’ in “ The Best Cider Orchard” competition, which is sponsored annually by Thatcher’s Cider.

In 2017 the first pure apple juice was pasteurised and bottled at Four Winds. Each litre is made from approximately 2 kilos of cider apples.

Moving forward, 2019 will see the launch of seasonal liqueurs, eg Damson Gin, Sloe Gin, and Cherry Brandy, using fruit mainly grown in the Four Winds Orchard.

Sid Dixon at the Royal Bath & West Show Cider Tent 2019 –
with son, grandson and daughter-in law.