About us

Who are we ?

  

For all who love growing fruit

The RHS Fruit Group was formed in 1945 with the object of encouraging fruit production in private gardens, and bringing the findings and practical experiences of fruit growing professionals to bear on new problems.  This objective is brought up to date in our constitution: to encourage and improve the study and cultivation of edible fruits generally grown in the UK.

Our Team

  

Fruit growing enthusiasts

Chaired by leading fruit grower Gerry Edwards, grandson of one of its founding members, the RHS Fruit Group is run by a team of amateur and professional fruit growing enthusiasts, for the benefit of its members.

 

Join us

  

You must be a member of the RHS

The RHS Fruit Group operates from the RHS Garden Wisley - there are also regional branches with additional local activities for the South West, based at RHS Garden Rosemoor, and for the Midlands, based at Pershore College.  If you live in either the South West of England or the Midlands you will also be enrolled in the appropriate Branch, for which there is no extra subscription.

email membership@thefruitgroup.org.uk

 

The RHS Fruit Group also has links with the Northern Fruit Group

Meetings are held at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.  Working sites are at Harewood House Walled Garden near Leeds, and at Huddersfield and Doncaster.

For more information visit the website www.northernfruitgroup.com



  

Visits 2020

  All visits cancelled

If you are you an RHS member you can join The RHS Fruit Group and take part in all of our activities, for an additional £7 each year.


In addition to the four Fruit Group meetings at the RHS Garden, Wisley, there are three major external visits for members during 2020.  Costs vary for each visit, please contact: events@thefruitgroup.org.uk

for details.


Details of visits correct as of 24/06/2020, but may be subject to change.



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Tuesday, 2nd June


75th Anniversary Lunch and Visit to Hatfield House

 

This visit has been cancelled until further notice in response to advice on the management of the coronavirus/Covid-19.


We will try and rearrange this prestigious visit for 2021.



We celebrate our 75th Anniversary in style at Hatfield House, Hatfield, in Hertfordshire, on the 2nd June, when Lady Salisbury has invited us to a private visit, on a day when the property is closed to the public.


A 75th Anniversary Lunch will be held for all members present. 

As part of the visit we will be shown the walled gardens and kitchen garden as well as experimental fruit plots where seedlings and wayside fruit trees that are being trialed. 

The House itself will not be open on that day.

Numbers are limited for this visit, so we must restrict places to paid-up members of the RHS Fruit Group only, i.e. no guests.





 

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Wednesday 5th August


Tuesley Farm,Godalming, Surrey, 

GU7 1UG

 

This visit has beencancelled until further notice in response to advice on the management of the coronavirus/Covid-19.


We will try and rearrange this visit for 2021.



Our second external visit of the year is on the 5th August we visit Hall Hunter’s Tuesley Farm which is near Godalming in Surrey where blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are grown, mainly under cover. 


Tuesley Farm is highly productive and grows quality fruit for many of our supermarkets.


It is set in the beautiful, wooded county of Surrey and has stunning country views. As well as growing great fruit, there’s also a packhouse where the fruit is carefully packed for its customers.



 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 10th Sept.


Audley End House and Gardens,

Nr. Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

 

This visit has beencancelled until further notice in response to advice on the management of the coronavirus/Covid-19.


We will try and rearrange this visit for 2021.


 

The third  visit of the year is on the is to the magnificent Audley End, near Saffron Walden in Essex.  


The house is surrounded by extensive ‘pleasure gardens’ and there is a very large walled kitchen garden growing fruit, flowers and vegetables, using organic principles.  


The walled garden also features vast glasshouses with grapes and peaches, a restored ‘Orchard House’ designed by Thomas Rivers, an extensive display of trained fruit, and orchards with historic and local varieties. 


The Fruit Group hasn’t visited Audley End for some years now and it seems perfect to visit another great house in our 75th Anniversary year.






 

 

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