Tom theAppleMan

Organic Fruit Tree Nursery

Welcome

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. 

Browse our range of rare, heritage and modern varieties – suitable for traditional orchards, commercial settings, smallholdings and the home garden, and all grown within our Soil Association organic certified agroforestry system

Trees are now sold out for the 23/24 season

 Website stocks will be updated in June. If you would like to place an order before then please contact us at tomtheappleman@yahoo.co.uk

A Little About Us

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.

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Some of Our Other Services

Pruning

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. 

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Courses

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.

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Consultancy

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.

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Our Blog

Agrobiodiversity

Fame at last! I’ve graced the pages of The English Garden Magazine, with a feature in which my commitment to agroecological practices and the stewarding of heritage varieties took centre stage. The article managed to capture both my ethos as an organic grower, and the power of agroecosystems as productive, biodiverse landscapes which offer rewarding

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Apple season & bare root trees for sale

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

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Tree packing, pruning & planting

  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.

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