Nurseries Supplying Traditional Varieties of Apples and Pears
Traditional varieties of Apples and Pears are obtainable from specialist nurseries. As demand is, unfortunately, low you may need to have particular varieties grafted to order (and accept the time delay that this means). This list of suppliers is based upon one originally produced by Herefordshire Council in 1999. Primarily this list is of suppliers of varieties of apples and pears (including cider apples and perry pears) traditional to the Welsh Marches. However, other fruits are not ignored.
Please remember that printed catalogues cost nursery owners quite a lot of money - please check first if there is a charge for a catalogue or, at the very least, offer to send a SAE. Nowadays printed catalogues are rarer than they used to be. However, up-to-date variety lists are often available on-line.
MAN tries to keep Addresses; Telephone and FAX numbers; Web and EMail addresses as up to date as possible. If you find any discrepancies please inform the Webmaster.
Adam's Apples of Ivy Cottages, Talaton, Exeter, Devon EX5 2SD (Tel/FAX 01404 823185) have a range of about 90 different apple varieties for sale.
The Apple Factor - Sarah Juniper, 109 Woodmancote, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4AH, Tel 01453 545675 will graft apples to order.
Bernwode Plants have a long and interesting list of varieties for sale. Contact them at Kingswood Lane, Ludgeshall, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RB Tel 01844 237415, Fax 01844 238920 or email at
H P Bulmer Ltd at Orcharding Dept, The Cider Mills, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE Tel 01432 294302 or 01432 294279 FAX 01432 294282 are more than happy to supply small orders (as the webmaster can testify). Obviously the range is mainly cider apples. The range varies from year to year and normally includes perry pears as well as cider apples.
Dolau-Hirion Fruit Tree Nursery at Capel Isaac, Llandeilo, SA19 7TG. Tel 01558 668744 (run by MAN member Paul Davis) specialises in traditional Welsh varieties. Paul will graft trees to order and has supplied many of the trees in MAN’s orchards. Contact him at
For Scottish fruit trees try John Hancox at Scottish Fruit Trees or Tel 0778 606 3918. John lists many of the varieties formerly available from MAN member John Butterworth.
Harley Nursery have their nursery about two miles from the Shropshire town Much Wenlock.
www.jaspertrees.co.uk - Paul Jasper, Office address, Bridge Street, LEOMINSTER, Herefordshire HR6 8DX (FAX 01568 616499) is a local supplier whose address is on the Hereford Council's list of suppliers. He was listed in the September 2001 issue of The Garden (the RHS magazine) in the four page Apple Source article on page 674. Contact him at
Frank P Matthews Ltd at Berrington Court, Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8TH (Tel 01584 810214 FAX 01584 811830) is a wholesale supplier with a wide range of varieties on an equally wide range of rootstocks. (As a wholesale supplier minimum order quantities apply, although from Spring 2006 there is also a Cash and Carry service for trees and sundries - posts, ties, tree-guards etc - with a lower minimum amount). They supplied the trees for the annual Herefordshire Council Fruit Tree Kits schemes.
Herefordshire Council Fruit Tree Kits. After several years providing an interesting yearly collection of top fruit varieties as Fruit Tree Kits, Herefordshire Council have now discontinued the scheme.
Highfield Nurseries, Bristol Road, Whitminster, Gloucester, GL2 7PB Tel 01452 740266 stocks a limited range of local varieties. Contact them at
Keepers Nursery at Gallants Court, East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0LE (Tel/ Fax 01622 726465) was reviewed by Roy Lancaster in the September 2003 issue of The Garden (the RHS magazine) starting at page 680. Notable was the listing of Pitmaston Pine Apple which was available under the Herefordshire Fruit Tree Kit scheme a few years ago. Contact them at
Lodge Farm Trees at Rockhampton, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9DY specialises in Gloucestershire apples and perry pears. If they do not have a variety in stock they will graft to order. Contact them at
Grafted Walnuts from Manse Organics Ltd were mentioned in the RHS Garden magazine in January 2010.
Will Sibley, 32 Grassmead Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3LA. Tel. 01702-479921 is reported to be a specialist peach nurseryman.
Thornhayes Nursery at St Andrews Wood, Dulford, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2DF (Tel 01884 266746, Fax 01884 266739) was well reviewed by the Sunday Times on 7 October 2001 (in the Down to Earth pages of the Style Magazine). Maybe of more relevance is the four page write up by Roy Lancaster in the October 2001 issue of The Garden (the RHS magazine) starting at page 764. They also were listed the previous month in the four page Apple Source article on page 674. Contact them at
Tom Adams’ Fruit Tree Nursery at Fron Uchaf, Lower Barn, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7NQ, 01691 777512 / 07776 498936, , specialises in Welsh Marcher Apples, and varieties that are proven to grow in the Welsh Marches. Tom also teaches on MAN’s grafting courses and will graft to order.
Walcot Organic Nursery at Lower Walcot Farm, Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcs WR10 2AL (Tel 01386 553697, FAX 01905 841587). They had a display at the Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk) (Much Marcle not New York) in October 2010 and often has a stand at the RHS Autumn Malvern Show. Contact them at
Welsh Apple Trees is a specialist mail order fruit tree nursery near Lampeter. As well as stocking a number of Welsh varieties and cider apples they offer a grafting service.
Welsh Mountain Orchards is a high altitude apple and pear tree nursery (near Llanidloes in mid Wales) stocking hundreds of varieties of cider, perry, eating and cooking fruit (including many traditional varieties) from Wales, the West Country, around the UK and the World. They specialize in grafting and propagating hardy vigorous trees which are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides and which thrive at altitude and in wet and windy conditions.
John Worle Ltd, based at Norton Canon in Herefordshire, is a specialist nursery for cider apples and perry pears. John is happy to supply single specimens up to thousands.
Note that MAN accepts no responsibility for errors, exceptions or omissions in this list and is not necessarily recommending any of these suppliers.