About the Orchards of Husthwaite
Husthwaite has been known for many years as the Orchard Village due to its history of fruit growing and jam manufacture dating back for three centuries. Many of the houses (garths) had large fertile gardens with productive orchards and villagers were able to ensure that fruit growing was effectively utilised.
Production reached a peak during the First World War when fresh fruit was transported from the now defunct Husthwaite railway station. By the late 1960's nearly all of the existing orchards had been removed and there was very little evidence of the village's heritage.
The Orchards of Husthwaite Co-Operative was formed in 2009 with the intention of replanting the vanishing orchards and using the fruit to make and sell a variety of products.
The first phase of the project has been the replacement of the estimated 80% of trees that had disappeared since the 1950s. This has involved planting over 500 new trees in and around the village. In order to ensure replacement continuity a nursery of rootstock trees has been established in the village.
The second phase started in 2010 and involves the production and sale of cider, fruit juice and related products. Any surpluses will be used to support village activities and projects.
Orchards of Husthwaite
Northern Fruit Group