Maintaining the Orchard


Work around the palace never ends, especially for our resident gardeners who are always kept busy none more so than in the Orchard. Our apple trees require a lot of maintenance throughout the year to keep them nice and in order. It’s necessary to ‘train’ the trees by applying ropes to the branches so that they grow to our gardener’s desires.

A fledgling's growth  being 'trained'

                  A fledgling’s growth being ‘trained’

The fruit that we harvest from our orchard is used in our annual Autumn fruit pressing events. We work to produce our own apple juice and invite local school children along to learn about this exciting process. It’s delightful work with a tasty and fresh drink at the end.

Collecting apples for our pressing workshop

Collecting apples for our pressing workshop

All of this hard work goes towards maintaining our Orchard in its beautiful state to be enjoyed by our visitors every year especially during the Summer time when our flowers come in to full bloom.

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                         The Orchard basking in the Summer sun

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