Our top fruit division is managed by Tillington Top Fruit Ltd.
We specialise in growing high-quality apples and cherries for major UK supermarkets.
Designing a modern orchard
We launched Tillington Top Fruit Ltd in 2017 after taking over 800 acres of land that had previously been managed by the Cooperative Society.
The orchards are spread over three sites in North Herefordshire – Tillington, Marden and Ledbury.
We have made extensive changes since taking on the business, modernising growing systems to the modern “post and wire” system and replacing tired orchards with newer more commercial varieties, such as Jazz, Gala and more recently Pink Lady.
We have also invested in automated picking platforms to help improve productivity.
Investing in the future
In 2021 we invested in three picking platforms to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of labour required for harvesting.
Over the next 3-5 years we plan to have cultivated a modern orchard using trellis production methods. We believe this will allow us to increase production from 4,000 to 10,000 bins per season.
Gala, Junami, Red Prince, Jazz, Kissabel
bins currently produced each year
8 varieties grown and picked mid-June to early August
tonnes produced each year
All our top fruit products are packed by third parties and delivered direct to retailers.