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Ribston Lawn Wins 1st International Cider CompetitionEarlier today (12th May 2010), we were delighted to be awarded 1st place for Best Bottle Fermented Cider or Perry at the International Cider and Perry Competition held at the Hereford Cider Museum. "Sparkling Success" Press Release can be downloaded here.

"This was the first time I had ever attempted to make a perry" explains Cider Maker Simon Day "there is a lot of mystery surrounding perry production and it is certainly more challenging than cider making, but I felt that by following traditional Champagne methods, we could achieve the best expression of flavours, delivered with elegance and finesse"

Ribston Lawn was launched in October last year to critical acclaim, but with limited numbers available it is unlikely to be available for too much longer.

"We have more from the 2009 harvest, but it takes 12 months ageing on yeast lees in bottle to reach a perfect balance of fruit and bready, brioche notes" adds Simon "so come and get it while you still can!"

The Ribston Lawn Perry is an unusual and rather special alternative to Champagne or sparkling wine and has already been selected to be served at a number of foodie weddings, particularly for those looking to source good food and drink locally.

Ribston Lawn is available direct from the Orchard Shop, via mail order, or through a good number of stockists.

2014 Events:

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23/24/25 Aug 2014

12/13/14 Oct 2014

20/21 Oct 2014

Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival

Ludlow Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival

Castle Green Hereford

Ludlow Castle

Abergavenny

 

In February 2005, Dragon Orchard took the positive step of planting a new orchard of over 200 trees.  We wanted to create an interesting amenity orchard with diverse varieties of fruit trees which included some traditional and some new varieties of apples, pears, Mirabelle plums, greengage and quince.  It has been named Dorothy's Orchard and has an interesting layout with alleyways and a place to sit, contemplate and appreciate the environment.

You can Sponsor A Tree as a gift to celebrate a memorable event, a birthday or an anniversary, or to commemorate a loved one … or just because you love fruit trees and orchards.

Dorothy's Orchard is now well established and the trees are bearing fruit.  There are two options for sponsorship, which both include a visit to the orchard and one has the opportunity of collecting some fruit from the orchard in the autumn.

Click here for the Sponsor a Tree Application form and description of varieties planted (PDF)

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Sponsor a tree in Dorothy's Orchard

Option 1:  1 Year Sponsorship with fruit

£50 + VAT (£60.00 inc VAT)

  • Annual Springtime visit to Dragon Orchard
  • Autumn visit to the orchard to collect 10Kg fruit from your tree
  • An Orchard Plan with your tree marked
Option 2:  4 Year Sponsorship 

£50 + VAT (£60.00 inc VAT)
  • Annual Springtime visit to Dragon Orchard
  • An Orchard Plan with your tree marked
  • Permanent label

A Herefordshire Year in the Orchard event

10.30am on Saturday 12th March at Once Upon A Tree, Dragon Orchard, Putley, HR8 2RG.

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard aims to help celebrate Herefordshire’s orchard heritage – the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.

As part of Herefordshire Year in the Orchard, Once Upon a Tree will be hosting a walk and talk around Putley, to coincide with the re-opening of their shop at Dragon Orchard.

The walk will take in several of the orchards of Putley, and I will be focussing on the rich and varied history of apple-growing within our wonderful Parish”, said Norman Stanier of Dragon Orchard. “Afterwards there will be opportunities for free tastings of our ciders, perries and apple juices at our Orchard Shop!”


The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible footwear are recommended. Meet at Dragon Orchard, Putley, at 10.30am. More information on this and other Year in the Orchard events during 2011 is available here

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard event hosted by Once Upon a TreeWonder Poster

The first event to be hosted by Once Upon a Tree during Herefordshire Year in the Orchard is to be held at Putley Parish Hall on Saturday 19th February 2011 at 2pm.

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard aims to help celebrate Herefordshire’s orchard heritage – the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.

Once Upon a Tree have put together a programme of events for 2011. explains director Simon Day "We begin with ‘The Wonder of Putley’, which will include a walk and talk through local orchards to The Wonder, a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston. This will be followed by a tasting and talk on the making of its namesake, The Wonder dessert pear wine, which we make at Dragon Orchard from fruit grown in Putley.”
The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. The Once Upon a Tree shop at Dragon Orchard will be open especially after the event, and is open by appointment at other times. The shop will reopen regularly Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm on 12th March, to coincide with the next Year in the Orchard event, a History of Orcharding in Putley. More information on this and other events during 2011 is available here.

“The Wonder of Putley” – Herefordshire Year in the

Orchard event hosted by Once Upon a Tree

The first event to be hosted by Once Upon a Tree during Herefordshire Year in the Orchard is to be held at Putley Parish Hall on Saturday 19th February 2011 at 2pm.

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard aims to help celebrate Herefordshire’s orchard heritage – the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.

“Once Upon a Tree have put together a programme of events for 2011”, explains Cider Maker Simon Day “We begin with ‘The Wonder of Putley’, which will include a walk and talk through local orchards to The Wonder, a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston. This will be followed by a tasting and talk on the making of its namesake, The Wonder dessert pear wine, which we make at Dragon Orchard from fruit grown on the farm.”

The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. The Once Upon a Tree shop at Dragon Orchard will be open especially after the event, and is open by appointment at other times. The shop will reopen regularly Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm on 12th March, to coincide with the next Year in the Orchard event, a History of Orcharding in Putley. More information on this and other events during 2011 is available on our website, www.onceuponatree.co.uk.

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