Orchard Planting Map

There is a wide variety of trees in the orchard, including apples, pears, gages, cherries, a mulberry, a quince and a medlar. In the lists below, the tree type is apple unless otherwise stated.

The orchard trees are divided into 5 broad sections: East Anglian Medley, Central Circle, Curved Hedge, Orchard Parkland and Early 20th Century.

N.B. for most of the trees listed, extra information can be found by clicking on the name of the apple.

East Anglian Medley

19 trees on MM106 rootstock. Planted in February 2013

  • 1. Neild’s Drooper
    • Type: Dual Purpose Apple
    • Origin: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, 1915
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Dec
    Other information

    This tree has a distinctive weeping habit. The apples are rich and sweet. Medium flushed orange. Slightly acidic.

  • 2. D’Arcy Spice
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Tolleshunt D’Arcy Essex, 1785
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Jan-May
    Other information

    A slow growing tree. The apples keep for a long time and develop a complex spice-like flavour. Medium russet.Slightly acidic.

  • 3. Sturmer Pippin
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Sturmer, Essex, 1800
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Jan-June
    Other information

    The ribbed, almost oblong apples are green with brown/orange flush. They are crisp and firm when picked and become less sharp with storage. Medium green flushed brown. Slightly acidic.

  • 4. Beth Pear
    • Type: Pear
    • Origin: East Malling, Kent, 1930
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug
    Other information

    A neat, compact, upright tree. The pears are small, sweet and melt in the mouth.

  • 5. St Edmund’s Russet
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1845
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    A sweet russet apple that makes excellent juice. Medium russet. Sweet

  • 6. Wallice’s Wonder (Plum)
    • Type: Dessert Plum
    • Origin: Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire, 1960
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    A cross between Severn Cross and Victoria. A medium to large sized purple skinned plum with soft, sweet flesh. Medium large yellow flushed red. Sweet

  • 7. Five Crowned Pippin
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Norfolk, 1500
    • Pick: Nov
    • Eat: Nov-Feb
    Other information

    The name comes from five ribs at the base of the apple. Crunchy yellow flesh that holds shape when cooked. Medium green flushed red. Acidic.

  • 8. Murfitt’s Seedling
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Histon area, Cambridgeshire, 1883
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Jan
    Other information

    Once popular in the Cottenham and Histon areas. The apples hold their shape well when cooked and need almost no sugar. Large green. Slightly acidic

  • 9. Perfection
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire, 1960
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Nov
    Other information

    A cross of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain. A very crisp and juicy apple; excellent for juicing. Medium large flushed red. Sweet

  • 10. Cambridge Gage
    • Type: Dessert Gage
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1927
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug
    Other information

    A greenish yellow skinned gage that is probably a seedling of Green Gage. A more prolific cropper than Green Gage. Sweet, soft, juicy flesh. Medium green. Sweet.

  • 11. Willingham Gage
    • Type: Dessert Gage
    • Origin: Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 1800
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sept
    Other information

    Raised at Willingham as a seedling of a Green Gage. Selected by the RHS for its good cropping and excellent fruit quality. Large green. Sweet.

  • 12. Norfolk Beefing
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Norfolk, 1698
    • Pick: Nov
    • Eat: Dec-Apr
    Other information

    Known in Norfolk for centuries but may have originated in France or Holland. Excellent for making dried apple rings, for baking and for cider making. Medium flushed red. Slightly acidic.

  • 13. Warden Pear
    • Type: Culinary Pear
    • Origin: Old Warden, Bedfordshire, 1600
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Mar
    Other information

    The name is derived from the Cistercian Abbey at Warden, where the fruit may have originated, possibly as early as the 1300s. The flesh is coarse and firm. Excellent for bottling and roasting. Large green flushed brown. Sweet.

  • 14. Chivers Delight
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1920
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Jan
    Other information

    Raised by Stephen Chivers of Histon. Sweet crisp, flavour. A good garden apple. Medium large flushed green red. Sweet.

  • 15. Suffolk Pink
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Earl Stonham, Suffolk, 1990
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    Our youngest variety – a ‘sport’ of the New Zealand apple Gala, which was found growing in orchards at Earl Stonham. Now enjoying some commercial success locally. Medium flushed pink. Sweet.

  • 16. Lady Hollendale
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Cambridgeshire, 1920
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug
    Other information

    This apple was sold at the Wisbech fruit markets in the 1920s and 30s. The crisp and juicy apple doesn’t keep – eat within a week of picking! Medium flushed red. Sweet.

  • 17. Histon Favourite
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1800
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Oct-Dec
    Other information

    Raised by John Chivers of Histon. The apple has a sharp and crisp flavour when picked, mellowing with storage. Good for cooking too. Medium large yellow. Slightly acidic.

  • 18. Discovery
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Langham, Essex, 1949
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sept
    Other information

    The Beaujolais Nouveau of apples – an early variety grown commercially in the UK. Lacks flavour if picked too early so leave until the apples have developed a red skin. Medium large flushed red. Sweet.

  • 19. Lord Peckover
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, 1926
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug
    Other information

    An apple from Peckover House gardens in Wisbech. The skin has a peach-like white bloom. A very early dessert variety, best eaten in August. Medium large flushed pink. Sweet.

Central Circle

A clearing created by the 7 apple trees associated with Histon, Impington, Cottenham and Cambridge. For community use or an outdoor classroom for the local schools. Planted in February 2013.

  • 20. Wayside
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Cambridge, 1930
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Oct-Nov
    Other information

    Raised by Miss Cunningham of ‘Wayside’, Huntington Road, Cambridge. The apple has distinctive fruity-tasting crisp flesh. Medium large reinette. Sweet.

  • 21. Jolly Miller
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, 1883
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    Once popular in the Cottenham area, this tree is possiibly named after the village Public House where fruit was once traded. A lost apple that was rediscovered in 2005. Medium yellow flushed red. Slightly acidic.

  • 22. Histon Favourite
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1800
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Oct-Dec
    Other information

    Raised by John Chivers of Histon. The apple has a sharp and crisp flavour when picked, mellowing with storage. Good for cooking too. Medium large yellow. Slightly acidic.

  • 23. Cottenham Seedling
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, 1923
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Mar
    Other information

    Raised by Robert Norman of Cottenham. A long keeping cooking apple once popular with gardeners and commercial growers around Cambridge. Cooks to a bright lemon puree with excellent flavour. Medium yellow flushed red. Slightly acidic.

  • 24. Murfitt’s Seedling
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Histon area, Cambridgeshire, 1883
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Jan
    Other information

    Once popular in the Cottenham and Histon areas. The apples hold their shape well when cooked and need almost no sugar. Large green. Slightly acidic.

  • 25. New Rock Pippin
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Cambridge, 1821
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Jan-May
    Other information

    Raised by William Pleasance in the Barnwell area of Cambridge. A spice-like flavour coupled with excellent keeping qualities. Medium reinette. Sweet.

  • 26. Chivers Delight
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1920
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Jan
    Other information

    Raised by Stephen Chivers of Histon. Sweet crisp, flavour. A good garden apple. Medium large flushed green red. Sweet.

Curved Hedge

9 Fruit trees incorporated into a native hedge. Planted in December 2013.

  • 27. Robin Pear
    • Type: Dessert Pear
    • Origin: Norfolk
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sep
    Other information

    Exact place of origin unknown, but has been grown in Norfolk for centuries. Once a common sight on local markets. A small red flushed sweet pear best eaten very soon after picking.

  • 28. Hacon’s Incomparable Pear
    • Type: Culinary Pear
    • Origin: Downham Market, 1792
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Nov
    Other information

    Raised by a Mr Hacon in the early 1800’s. Produces crops of green good looking pears which have a sweet and delicious flavour when cooked.

  • 29. Johnny Mount Pear
    • Type: Dessert Pear
    • Origin: Colchester area, pre-1900
    • Pick: Late Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Dec
    Other information

    Known around Colchester but exact place of origin not known. A medium-sized, russet pear. A heavy cropper best eaten near Christmas.

  • 30. Coe’s Golden Drop Gage
    • Type: Dessert Gage
    • Origin: Bury St Edmunds, late 1700s
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    Raised by nurseryman Jervaise Coe of Bury. It is a large amber coloured fruit distinctively spotted with red flecks. A heavy cropper, very sweet and juicy and considered by many as the best flavoured of all plums.

  • 31. Swan Gage
    • Type: Culinary Gage
    • Origin: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, 1898
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug
    Other information

    Medium large, round-oval fruit with dark red skin which is usually covered with a heavy purple bloom and tiny primrose dots. The sweet, juicy flesh has a pleasant flavour. It can be eaten as a dessert variety but better suited to culinary use.

  • 32. Willingham Gage
    • Type: Dessert Gage
    • Origin: Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 1800
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sept
    Other information

    Raised at Willingham as a seedling of a Green Gage. Selected by the RHS for its good cropping and excellent fruit quality. Large green. Sweet.

  • 33. Summer Sun Cherry
    • Type: Dessert Cherry
    • Origin: Norwich, 1990
    • Pick: July
    • Eat: July
    Other information

    Summer Sun is a modern English dark red cherry variety with firm crisp flesh and a good flavour. It is one of the best cherry varieties for the UK, being a reliable cropper with good frost tolerance. It is particularly suitable for colder more exposed locations.

  • 34. Colney Cherry
    • Type: Dessert Cherry
    • Origin: Norwich, 1980
    • Pick: July-Aug
    • Eat: July-Aug
    Other information

    Colney is a new large English dark red/black dessert cherry, with a good cherry flavour. It is later ripening than other varieties.

  • 35. Merchant Cherry
    • Type: Dessert Cherry
    • Origin: Norwich, 1976
    • Pick: June-July
    • Eat: June-July
    Other information

    A large black skinned variety with very dark red flesh and good flavour. It is heavy cropping and fruits early.

Orchard Parkland

14 large trees planted on M25 rootstock to provide an informal orchard wildlife habitat. Planted in March 2014.

  • 36. Isaac Newton’s Tree
    • Type: Culinary Apple
    • Origin: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, 1850
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Jan
    Other information

    Descended from a tree that was growing in the 1660s in the gardens of Woolsthorpe Manor, near Colsterworth – the home of Sir Isaac Newton. A large ribbed and irregularly shaped orange-red flushed apple, with a few broken red stripes. It cooks to a mildly acidic puree.

  • 37. Lord Burghley
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Burghley, Cambridgeshire, 1834
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Jan-Apr
    Other information

    Found growing as a seedling tree at Burghley House. Rescued by the Head Gardener and first sold by a Peterborough nurseryman. It became a popular gardeners’ choice and received an RHS award in 1865 for its long keeping qualities. Sweet tasting, it will keep until April.

  • 38. Green Harvey – Planted in 2015
    • Type: Dual Purpose Apple
    • Origin: Cambridgeshire, 1813
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Dec-Apr
    Other information

    A long keeping green skinned variety. Course fleshed so keeps shape quite well when cooked and needing little sugar.

  • 39. Saint Everard
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, 1900
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    An early dessert apple bred at Papworth Everard Hall by crossing Margil and Cox’s Orange Pippin. Small to medium in size. Distinctly flushed dark red with an aromatic taste.

  • 40. Thoday’s Quarrendon
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 1949
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Feb
    Other information

    Discovered growing at Willingham by nurseryman Mr. Ralph Thoday. it is probably a seedling of the dessert variety Devonshire Quarrenden. Small sized with a bright red skin. It will keep until February. Came first in the ‘Orchard Tree Vote’ held at Histon and Impington Feast Market, 2013.

  • 41. King James Mulberry
    • Type: Mulberry
    Other information

    A very attractive tree, slow growing but long-lived and capable of growing to quite a large size. The dark red, almost black, fruit are similar to blackberries in appearance but are very juicy with an exquisite intense sweet sharp flavour.

  • 42. Laxton’s Fortune
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Bedford, 1904
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    Raised by Laxton Brothers, the famous Victorian plant breeders from Bedford. It is a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Wealthy. The skin is pale yellow, mottled with orange and red. The flesh is sweet and firm.

  • 43. Meeches Prolific Quince
    • Type: Culinary Quince
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Nov
    Other information

    Meeches Prolific is one of the most popular quince varieties grown in the UK. Unlike many it gives a good crop in the British climate. It produces attractive large slightly pink blossom. The fruit is quite large and pear shaped. It ripens in October turning a golden yellow colour and developing a strong quince aroma. Excellent for making quince jelly.

  • 44. Huntingdon Codlin – Planted in 2015
    • Type: Dual Purpose Apple
    • Origin: Huntingdon, 1883
    • Pick: Sept
    • Eat: Sept-Oct
    Other information

    Introduced by nurserymen Wood and Ingram of Huntingdon. The skin is pale yellow with a few red stripes. The soft and juicy cream coloured flesh is not very acidic and will cook to a frothy puree.

  • 45. Flanders Medlar
    • Type: Medlar
    • Pick: Oct-Nov
    • Eat: Oct-Dec
    Other information

    This produces medlars that are about 7cm across. The fruit, which is rich in vitamin C has a delicious, acidic flavour which should be given time to ripen before eating.

  • 46. Ingall’s Grimoldby Gage
    • Type: Dessert Gage
    • Origin: Grimoldby, Lincolnshire, 1900
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sept
    Other information

    A large green gage with sweet fruit. Came second in the ‘Orchard Tree Vote’ held at Histon and Impington Feast Market, 2013.

  • 47. Yellow Apricot Bullace
    • Type: Culinary Bullace
    • Pick: Aug
    • Eat: Aug-Sept
    Other information

    A greenish yellow skinned gage that is probably a seedling of Green Gage. A more prolific cropper than Green Gage. Sweet, soft, juicy flesh, excellent for jam making.

  • 48. Polstead Black Mazzard Cherry
    • Type: Dessert Cherry
    • Origin: Polstead, Suffolk, 1900
    • Pick: July
    • Eat: July
    Other information

    A small black skinned sweet cherry local to the village of Polstead near Hadleigh. Recorded as being sold on Sudbury market in the 1940s. Distinctively red fleshed and very juicy.

  • 49. Archduke Cherry
    • Type: Dessert Cherry
    • Origin: Hertfordshire, 1750
    • Pick: July
    • Eat: July
    • Other information

      Came third in the ‘Orchard Tree Vote’ held at Histon and Impington Feast Market, 2013.

Early 20th Century

21 trees on M26 rootstock. Planted in February 2015.

  • Chivers Delight – 9 trees
    • Type: Dessert Apple
    • Origin: Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1920
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Jan
    Other information

    Raised by Stephen Chivers of Histon. Sweet crisp, flavour. A good garden apple. Medium large flushed green red. Sweet.

  • Newton’s Wonder – 7 trees
    • Type: Cooking / dual purpose apple
    • Origin: Melbourne, Derbyshire, 1887
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Mar
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. Very large fruits. A good apple for baking or juicing.

  • Spartan – 1 tree
    • Type: Dessert apple
    • Origin: Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, 1926
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Oct
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. A small, red, sweet apple still widely grown commercially today.

  • Blenheim Orange – 1 tree
    • Type: Dual purpose
    • Origin: Blenheim Park, Oxfordshire, 1740
    • Pick: Sept-Oct
    • Eat: Oct-Dec
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. Apples cook to a stiff puree, but also good for eating.

  • Tydeman’s Early Worcester – 1 tree
    • Type: Dessert apple
    • Origin: East Malling, Kent, 1928
    • Pick: August
    • Eat: September
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. An early apple flavoured with a hint of strawberry.

  • Bramley’s Seedling – 1 tree
    • Type: Cooking apple
    • Origin: Southwell, Nottinghamshire, 1809
    • Pick: early – mid Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Mar
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. The classic english cooking apple, also good for juicing and cider.

  • Worcester Pearmain – 1 tree
    • Type: Dessert apple
    • Origin: Worcester, 1874
    • Pick: September
    • Eat: Sept – Oct
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. A sweet apple, whose flavour develops if the fruit is left on the trees.

  • Howgate Wonder – 1 tree
    • Type: Cooking apple
    • Origin: Bembridge, Isle of Wight, 1915
    • Pick: Oct
    • Eat: Nov-Mar
    Other information

    Grown commercially in the Chivers orchards. Very large apple – good for juicing and cider.

Location

The orchard is located between the Guided Busway and Manor Park, accessible via footpaths from Somerset Road or Saffron Road. The ground and some pathways can get muddy during the winter months.

Volunteering

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the orchard and they range from schoolchildren to the retired. Volunteers are especially appreciated for events and maintenance days. Helping out for just a few hours a year can make an enormous difference to the things we can get done.

Events

We run a number of events at the orchard across the year, including a Winter Wassail, our Bird in the Hand Breakfast (with the RSPB), and Juicing Days. We also organize days for Pruning Workshops and related skills.