Here at Tom Adams Fruit Tree Nursery, we grow a range of organic, very rare heritage varieties, as well as modern varieties suitable for traditional orchards, commercial settings, smallholdings and the home garden.
We specialise in hard to find heritage apple varieties from the English/Welsh borderlands and are building our collection of local varieties from all over the country, helping to protect plant biodiversity, and ensure our living heritage continues to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Trees will be dispatched November onwards
At our site on the Welsh/English border, all our trees are grown using agroforestry and permaculture principles. We achieved certified organic status from the Soil Association in 2020, and manage our site holisitcally for biodiversity, habitat creation, carbon sequestration and soil health.
The key to growing healthy trees is healthy soil. Our soil is fed by a programme of green manures composted on-site and fed right back into the soil. This means we don’t need to apply artificial chemical fertilisers to keep our trees happy.
A routine spray programme comprising organic seaweed extract and garlic oil is carried out throughout the growing season to help with pest and disease resistance as well as to promote strong healthy growth.
Pruning can be a very daunting task. Getting the balance right between creating new growth to develop the shape of the tree and generating high volumes of fruit is a skill that can take a life time to master. We offer a pruning service that includes, the formative pruning of newly planted trees, regular maintenance, pruning and the renovation of neglected/poorly pruned trees for you.
We will be announcing dates for our 2024 Winter Pruning Courses soon.
Tom is also available to run pruning and grafting courses for community groups, allotment societies and schools/colleges.
If you’re thinking of investing time and money into a new or existing orchard it’s important to get it right from the outset. We offer a consultancy service to help you through this process. From assessing and selecting the right site, to choosing the right varieties, tree forms and rootstocks, we offer a comprehensive service.
After a Spring that proved challenging for many growers, unpredictable rain, winds and temperatures continued into Summer and Autumn. At the nursery, this resulted in a slow start to the season, and a rate of growth in September that is more like what we’d usually expect in June and July. That said, once things got
It’s been a seriously busy season packing and sending out orders of apples, pears, damsons, plums, quince, cherries and one or two medlars. A big thank you to everyone who placed orders with me! Your support is greatly appreciated, and I hope you will continue to enjoy your trees for many years to come.
With chilly nights hungrily encroaching on meagre daylight hours, and the striking colours of Autumn fading with Winter’s frosty grasp, Nature is preparing for a period of rest and hibernation. But for tree nurseries all over the UK, we are now in one of the busiest parts of the season. With the trees in their