Our aims are to protect and promote the National Fruit Collections and inspire a love and appreciation of fruit in all its many forms.
Join the Friends of the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale and become one of the supporters and guardians of the Collections. We are asking only for your support. There is no charge for membership, although donations are greatly appreciated.
The Friends of the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale are an independent organisation.
Friends Days organised at Brogdale when we make private visits to the Collections and over the season explore their full range of fruits and varieties. Days also include talks, discussions and tastings.
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The National Fruit Collections at Brogdale are the largest fruit collection in the world growing on one site and comprise over 4,000 fruit varieties: around 2,000 apples, 500 pears, 280 cherries, 300 plums, 50 hazelnuts, 150 gooseberries, 200 currants (black, red, white and pink), as well as small collections of vines, quinces, medlars and apricots.
The Collections are our national fruit heritage: the varieties that have been grown in gardens and orchards for centuries and which have shaped local communities and our landscapes. They are a living gene bank, which forms part of the UK's contribution to global food security and both a national and international genetic resource.
The Collections belong to Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) which funds their maintenance and curatorship. From 1 April 2008 the contract holders are the University of Reading in partnership with FAST (Farm Advisory Service team). Public access, through guided walks of the Collections, and the provision of public facilities are undertaken by Brogdale Collections, a social enterprise company.
Or Write: to Friends of NFC at Brogdale, c/o The Secretary, PO Box 264, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3UY.
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