Once Upon a Tree & Dragon Orchard

Features

  • Tours Tours
  • Café and/or Restaurant Café and/or Restaurant
  • Shop Shop
  • Clubs Clubs
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details

Individuals

Make the most of your self-guided walk around Dragon Orchard armed with Charles Bennet's Orchard Days book of poetry. Follow this up with a tasting in the Orchard Shop.
Keep an eye out on both Facebook and website for news of the next guided poetry walk. The run-up to Christmas sees mulled cider on offer

Groups

Visits for groups of between 10 and 30 can be arranged most days of the week. Allow 2.5 hours for your tour, including an introduction, walk around the orchard, hearing about the varieties grown – cider, dessert & cooking apple – and the methods used, and a tasting if in season. Then head to the cider shed to hear about how juice, cider and perry are made, before finishing with a tasting in the shop. Contact the Orchard Shop.

Wheelchair access

Production area and Orchard Shop

Public transport

Train: Ledbury, 4 miles
Bus: 476, Hereford to Ledbury, stops 0.75 mile

Course details

Once Upon a Tree is happy to host pre-arranged schools visits

Opening times

Orchard Shop

Wed-Sun: 10am-3pm

Bank Holidays

open

Prices

Self-guided walk & tastings: Free

Group tours

Adults: £7.50
Children, 12–17: £3.50
Under 12: free
Children to be accompanied by adults

Get in Touch

Tel: 01531 670263
Email: hannah@onceuponatree.co.uk
www.onceuponatree.co.uk

Dragon Orchard
Email: ann@dragonorchard.co.uk

Twitter: OnceUponaTree
Facebook: Once Upon a Tree

Once Upon a Tree
Dragon Orchard, Putley
Ledbury
Herefordshire County of
HR8 2RG
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Situated on the slopes of the Marcle Ridge in rural Herefordshire, Simon Day may not have been making cider or perry for decades, but he's already built up quite a following. It's very much a team affair. The son of Tom Day, one of the key movers at Three Choirs Vineyard, Simon had made wine all over the world. On his return to Herefordshire, he was so inspired by Norman and Ann Stanier's orchard that he and his wife Hannah joined forces with them, and Once Upon a Tree was born in 2008.

Already there's a variety of ciders and perries, including a dessert cider – the first of its kind – and Simon's first attempt at perry – the multi-garlanded Ribston Lawn.

The Staniers are eco-pioneers themselves, and to help sustain their traditional orchards they run a couple of schemes. There is Sponsor a Tree for their new Dorothy's Orchard, and an innovative Crop Share scheme, whereby members' annual investment is rewarded with visits, growing tips, and a share of the crop in both apple and liquid form.

For visitors, there's a well stocked Orchard Shop, complete with light refreshments, mulled cider aroound Christmas time, and work by local artists.

Simon suggests taking a poetry walk or bringing a picnic to enjoy in the orchard. "Then taste our products, and experience a mix of tradition & innovation."

Silverware

  • 2012 Food & Farming Awards - Best Drinks Producer
  • Best Apple Juice 2011 & 2012 – Vigo Trophy, Bath & West Show; 2012: Spartan Single Variet Apple Juice
  • Marcle Ridge: Best Dry Cider & Best Single Varietal Cider: Dabinett – 2012 International Cider & Perry Competition 
  • Best Drinks Producer of the Year – 2011 Flavours of Herefordshire
  • Ribston Lawn – Best Bottle Fermended Cider or Perry, 2010 International Cider & Perry Competition, Hereford Cider Museum

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Keep it local – all fruit sourced within three miles of Dragon Orchard
  • Reed beds used to filter and cleanse waste water
  • Low input orchard management

Annual events

  • Herefordshire Food Week – October
  • Big Apple Blossomtime & Harvesttime

Community

Once Upon a Tree supports Ashperton Primary School, St Michael's Hospice (Hereford), Barrs Court School (special educational needs), & other local events and charities on an ad-hoc basis

Trade bodies

Three Counties Cider & Perry Association, SW & UK Vineyard Associations,
Visit Herefordshire, Heart of England Fine Food

Fuller review to come following visit