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New cherry orchard at the national fruit collection in Kent

Dear newsdesk,

Please find attached, a media release about Brodgale Collections in Kent which is planting a new cherry orchard this year.
It is also a community project as they are seeking sponsors from the public and business world to help.
All of the information is below, but do come back to me if you need anything else.
Photos are in this link for you to download - it will expire on Feb 8th. 

You are very welcome to come and film / photograph, plus you are also very welcome to broadcast or visit too - please let me know so it can be arranged.

Best wishes,
Ima Rix

Press & PR, Brogdale Collections
07584 136706 

Monday 31st January



Exciting new cherry orchard at Brogdale Collections, Kent

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A unique Kentish charity, which supports the nation’s largest collection of fruit trees, is creating a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for the public and business community to take part in a very special initiative.  

Brogdale Collections' Cherry Blossom project will create a stunning ornamental orchard in a tranquil and beautiful space, containing a selection of 100 ornamental species.

To create the Blossom Orchard - Brogdale Collections is offering 100 sponsorship opportunities for individuals or corporates to fund an ornamental (non-fruit bearing) cherry tree and help make this dream a reality.

There are many reasons why people may wish to sponsor one of these trees:

-         To commemorate the life of a loved one or valued colleague

-         As a memorable gift for a birth, birthday, wedding or anniversary

-         To offset carbon footprints and help create a tranquil and rural haven

-         To mark a milestone

At a time when people are being encouraged to plant trees as part of the ‘Queen's Tree-bilee' - this initiative is also a wonderful way to commemorate the Jubilee and play a part in reducing our nation's carbon footprint.

Tony Hillier, trustee at Brogdale Collections, says: "Our Cherry Blossom Orchard project is a wonderful opportunity for people who are passionate about growing, gardening and horticulture to support an initiative close to their hearts. This timely initiative acknowledges the sadness and uncertainty of current times by creating a very special place for people to enjoy in the future. Somewhere that celebrates growth, beauty, nature and peace."

Set in the heart of the Garden of England (Kent), alongside orchards containing the National Fruit Collection - the world's largest collection of temperate fruits, the Cherry Blossom Orchard will complement the existing fruit trees at this unique venue which preserves and protects the nation's fruit trees from across the ages and continents.

The sponsorship package
Sponsoring a tree is an ideal way to offset carbon footprints and help nurture the beauty and wildlife of this part of Kent. Sponsorship will also help this important charity continue to carry out its objectives of keeping the nation's fruit collections accessible to the public for education and enjoyment.

The sponsorship package costs £1,000 and lasts five years to allow time for the ornamental trees to mature.
It includes:

-         Planting of one ornamental cherry tree selected from the 100 available with a personal plaque

-         Access to the Cherry Blossom Orchard during existing opening hours with valid orchard passes

-         Orchard Passes for up to ten people for the term of the sponsorship (5 years)

-         Updateson the progress of the orchard throughout the year

-         The option for businesses to display the Cherry Blossom Orchard logo on their website to demonstrate carbon offsetting

-         A beautifully presented Supporters' Pack including a folder, certificate and passes

-         It is also possible to sponsor a commemorative bench at a one-off cost of £500.

For more information on this unusual sponsorship opportunity, visit Brogdale's website


Notes to editors:

For further information contact: 

Ima Rix: 

Sara Smile:
1795 536250

Please note that images show existing ornamental cherry trees at Brogdale Collections and are an indication of how the new orchard will appear once established.

Images are released on the basis of them being used with this media release only.

Future and further use requires permission from Brogdale.

Brogdale Collections, based in Faversham in Kent, is a charity providing public access to and education about, the National Fruit Collection. Set in over 150 acres of farmland, the Collection includes over 3000 varieties of fruit trees including apples, pears, quinces and plums to cherries and more. The orchards at Brogdale are a living history & heritage of fruit.

Orchard tours:
Brogdale Collections has a team of experienced guides who take visitors on guided tours of the orchards at Brogdale Farm from April until October.  This gives visitors the opportunity to taste and learn about rare and heritage fruits.

Media invite:
Throughout April, Brogdale Collections will be holding tours for journalists to enjoy and learn about the beautiful orchards during blossom season and visit the newly-planted Blossom Orchard.
Please email for details if this is of interest to you.

Brogdale Collections holds fun, family events throughout the year, enabling the public to learn about fruit and growing at Brogdale. 

Easter Trail: April 15,16,17

Blossom Walks: April & May - dates to be confirmed

Bee Week: Bee walks - May 30 - June 1

Cherry Trails & Pick Your Own: July 2,3,16,17

Plum Weekend: 13,14 August - dates tbc

Cider Trail: August 27,28

Heritage Apple Days: September 24 & 25, October 15 & 16.

Christmas Fair: Early December - to be confirmed