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Orchard School Bristol


With over 1300 types of fruit, and the most accessible collection of apples, pears and plums in the UK, it has been described as a "living library" of fruit cultivators.  Wisley is the RHS centre near Woking in Surrey.  It holds a special collection of gooseberries, currants, rhubarb, figs and other soft fruit.  Wisley has harnessed its horticultural knowledge, science and nature, to create incredible garden and orchards that are known world-wide.  For an apple tree to fruit well, it needs to be pollinated; for pollination to be succesful, each tree needs to be neighboured by other trees that flower at the same time.  For that reason, many of the apple trees were re-planted in the 1950's and arranged according to their season of ripening.  The fruit trees are managed organically and interplanted with cornfield annuals to attract beneficial insects.

House Champion






Fergus O'Donovan