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The Dragon Orchard Shop - click for larger imageOur little fledgling shop did so well over Christmas, and such was the positive response from everyone who came and found us, that we have decided to do it again with a small shop open from Easter onwards.

From the 31st March we will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm Wednesday to Sunday until Christmas.

We are waiting for planning permission at the moment, so for the time being we will be operating from our existing Cider Shed, but we hope to have built a wooden building next to the orchard in time for the Big Apple Blossomtime celebrations May 2nd and 3rd.

We will be offering:

  • Cider, Perry and Apple Juice Tastings and Sales
  • Orchard walks (if it's good weather, come and have a picnic in the orchards)
  • Work by local artists, and other local food producers
  • Tea, coffee and cakes available
  • Group tours by prior arangement
Hope to see you soon!

Announced on Sunday 30th September, on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, Once Upon A Tree are delighted to be in the final three of the "Best Drinks Producer" category of this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards.

Cook and food writer Valentine Warner presenting the programme said of the finalists:

These are a special bunch! To reach this stage is a major achievement. Over the past four months the judges have been sifting through thousands of nominations to arrive at this shortlist."

Nominations were invited from the general public who were able to say why they felt the nominee deserved recognition in what Jamie Oliver describes as "The Oscars of the food world"

We were astonished when we heard that we had made it to the final three drinks producers, but we are delighted that our traditional and our innovative ciders are getting noticed! " said Cider Maker, Simon Day. "We are all very proud of what we have achieved with the company over the past 6 years since we started pressing our first apples, and we are so happy to be able to represent Herefordshire in these awards."

The winners will be announced at the BBC Food and Farming award ceremony on the 28th November at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets for the event are free, and can be applied for online at the BBC Food & Farming website.

The good news arrives just as the company start this year's harvest, which is described as "Challenging!" and are also about to open a dedicated Cider and Perry shop in Ledbury, showcasing craft cider and perry from the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

The Three Counties are renowned for the quality and range of cider and perry, but it can be difficult to find outlets for some of the smaller producers. We will be offering up to 12 different draught ciders and perries on tap to fill customers own containers, as well as a large range of bottled ciders from over 30 producers in the area." said Director, Hannah Day "we are working hard to get the shop ready for opening by Saturday 13th October"

Announced yesterday on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, Once Upon A Tree are delighted to be in the final three of the “Best Drinks Producer” category of this year’s BBC Food & Farming Awards. 

 

Cook and food writer Valentine Warner presenting the programme said of the finalists: “These are a special bunch!  To reach this stage is a major achievement.  Over the past four months the judges have been sifting through thousands of nominations to arrive at this shortlist.”

 

Nominations were invited from the general public who were able to say why they felt the nominee deserved recognition in what Jamie Oliver describes as “The Oscars of the food world”

 

“We were astonished when we heard that we had made it to the final three drinks producers, but we are delighted that our traditional and our innovative ciders are getting noticed! ” said Cider Maker, Simon Day. “We are all very proud of what we have achieved with the company over the past 6 years since we started pressing our first apples, and we are so happy to be able to represent Herefordshire in these awards.”

 

The winners will be announced at the BBC Food and Farming award ceremony on the 28th November at the NEC in Birmingham.  Tickets for the event are free, and can be applied for online at the BBC Food & Farming website.

 

The good news arrives just as the company start this year’s harvest, which is described as “Challenging!”  and are also about to open a dedicated Cider and Perry shop in Ledbury, showcasing craft cider and perry from the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

 

“The Three Counties are renowned for the quality and range of cider and perry, but it can be difficult to find outlets for some of the smaller producers.  We will be offering up to 12 different draught ciders and perries on tap to fill customers own containers, as well as a large range of bottled ciders from over 30 producers in the area.” said Director, Hannah Day  “we are working hard to get the shop ready for opening by Saturday 13th October”

 

L-R: Simon Day, Norman Stanier, Hannah Day, Pete Brown, Ann Stanier, Valentine Warner

At an awards ceremony held at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 28th November, Once Upon A Tree were awarded “Best Drinks Producer” at the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2012, narrowly beating two other finalists to the top spot.  The company was one of the handful of finalists shortlisted from thousands of public nominations from listeners of the BBC4 Food Programme, You & Yours, and Farming Today.

Raymond Blanc, Valentine Warner, Paul Hollywood, Angela Hartnett and Adam Henson were among the foodie celebrities there to present awards to the 10 Winners across the 9 categories.  Beer writer Pete Brown who presented the awards to the Once Upon A Tree team said:

This company is redefining the category, making people think about drinks in a different way… For me, they tell the whole story, from the place where it’s made; where the ingredients are grown, right through to how it is sold…

After the event, cider maker Simon Day said:

It is such an honour to get this award – the enormity of it is slowly sinking in!  The judges seemed to really understand what we’re about and our passion for authentic, real cider, and the links with our community and heritage.”  He adds “The world of craft cider making is in very good shape at the moment – there has never been a better time to be a producer… For us it is all about celebrating tradition and heritage here in Herefordshire whilst being innovative in re-connecting the links between good cider and good food”

The news follows just four weeks after opening the Three Counties Cider Shop in the centre of Ledbury.   Director Norman Stanier said:

The judges seemed particularly impressed with the shop, and the way it champions cider not only from Once Upon A Tree, but from the whole region, showcasing the range of flavours and styles on offer.

The company have been overwhelmed by the public response to the news, with messages of congratulations from local residents, business leaders and many of the loyal customers and supporters of the business, who have seen the company grow over the past 5 years.

Simon Day adds:

We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in a short space of time, and would like to thank those who have bought our cider, perry and juice; those who have taken time to visit the orchard or who have spoken with us at shows;  the Dragon Orchard Cropsharers; Tree Sponsors and for the overwhelming support we have had from our local community since we started pressing our first apples just 5 years ago.”

Hannah Day with AwardsOnce Upon A Tree were awarded "BEST PRODUCER IN HEREFORDSHIRE" at the Three Counties International Cider & Perry Competition, held by the Three Counties Cider and Perry Association during the Three Counties Show each year.

The company gained first place for the Best Medium Perry awarded to their "Priggles" perry. The company also gained a 3rd place in the Best Bottle Fermented Cider for their "Carpenters Croft" traditional method cider.

Cider Maker Simon Day said "Our perries have been improving with time, and to gain a first place for our Priggles Perry in this major competition is just fantastic. We're delighted with 3rd for our in-bottle fermented sparkling cider, which can be a difficult category. To then go on to be named "Best Herefordshire Producer" is just an absolute honour!"

These awards follow the firm's recent successes at the International Cider Competition at the Cider Museum in Hereford and the Royal Bath & West Show.

We are having a sensational year for awards, I'm thrilled that we are getting recognised for our efforts in making the very best ciders and perries in our little part of Herefordshire!" added Hannah Day.

The winning products are available to taste at the Orchard Shop at Once Upon A Tree in Putley where visitors can enjoy self guided walks through the orchards, and a range of locally produced foods, arts and crafts. 

Snow-blossom by Richard Crompton

Snow Blossom by Richard Crompton

Herefordshire_Year_in_the_Orchard_logo_webA Herefordshire Year in the Orchard Event hosted by Once Upon A Tree.

Befuddled by filters, dim about flash, wobbly about tripods or simply want to understand how to take better snaps?

Come and experience a day’s photography training with RPS Gold Medal photographer, Richard Crompton. Richard’s award winning images have included fashion, portraits, landscapes, flowers, still-life, reportage and abstract. Richard will be joined on the day by award winning Wildlife photography expert, Linda Wright. So if you want to photograph it, they will know how!

Misty-Gate-May by Richard Crompton

Misty Gate in May by Richard Crompton

The day is aimed at developing skills and confidence with your camera. Expand your knowledge by photographing a range of subjects and understand the thought process behind shooting great images.

You’ll get the most from the day if your camera has some form of manual control such as that found on all SLR cameras and high spec compact cameras. Being able to tell the camera what YOU want it to do will greatly increase the ‘hit rate’ when creating your ‘masterpieces’.

Tawny Owl by Linda Wright
Tawny Owl by Linda Wright
Pink-Blossom by Richard Crompton
Pink Blossom by Richard Crompton

They will cover how your camera sees the world and how that affects your images. The effect your choice of aperture, shutter speed and lens length has on your photograph. How to compose an image, with some simple rules to get you started. Lots of fun practical sessions to help you to grasp the concepts and tips and tricks professionals use to create a stunning image, no matter what.

The day is set-up for you to learn how to get the most from whatever photography gear you have. You don’t need bags packed with gear, what matters is your enthusiasm to make a great picture with the equipment you have.

We will be in the orchard for most of the day so please dress for the outdoors and the weather. The afternoon session will conclude with a chance to put all your newly acquired skills to use, photographing something really special!

The course is 10.00am until 4.00pm, with a break for a ‘Dragon Orchard’ lunch.
Cost for the day is £80. Spaces are limited, and must be booked.

Please click to download the Course information sheet, with booking form, or

For questions about the course please contact Richard on 01531 670340
For bookings, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01531 670263.

Grey Buzzard by Linda Wright
Grey Buzzard by Linda Wright

Photography in the Orchard – Saturday 16th April

Befuddled by filters, dim about flash, wobbly about tripods or simply want to understand how to take better snaps?

Come and experience a day’s photography training with RPS Gold Medal photographer, Richard Crompton. Richard’s award winning images have included fashion, portraits, landscapes, flowers, still-life, reportage and abstract. Richard will be joined on the day by award winning Wildlife photography expert, Linda Wright. So if you want to photograph it, they will know how!

The day is aimed at developing skills and confidence with your camera. Expand your knowledge by photographing a range of subjects and understand the thought process behind shooting great images.

You’ll get the most from the day if your camera has some form of manual control such as that found on all SLR cameras and high spec compact cameras. Being able to tell the camera what YOU want it to do will greatly increase the ‘hit rate’ when creating your ‘masterpieces’.

They will cover how your camera sees the world and how that affects your images. The effect your choice of aperture, shutter speed and lens length has on your photograph. How to compose an image, with some simple rules to get you started. Lots of fun practical sessions to help you to grasp the concepts and tips and tricks professionals use to create a stunning image, no matter what.

The day is set-up for you to learn how to get the most from whatever photography gear you have. You don’t need bags packed with gear, what matters is your enthusiasm to make a great picture with the equipment you have.


We will be in the orchard for most of the day so please dress for the outdoors and the weather. The afternoon session will conclude with a chance to put all your newly acquired skills to use, photographing something really special!

The course is 10.00am until 4.00pm, with a break for a ‘Dragon Orchard’ lunch.

For questions about the course please contact Richard on 01531 670340

For bookings, contact Hannah Day at Once Upon a Tree on 01531 670263, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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