Farming at Woolton Farm

Woolton Farm is first and foremost a fruit farm, but it is also home to areas of considerable natural biodiversity. We believe strongly in maintaining and promoting the natural ecology of the land under our care.

cider apple harvestCROPS

The crops on the farm are split  between top fruit (dessert, culinary & cider apples, dessert pears, cherries), soft fruit (strawberries), a small vineyard, and arable crop rotations of wheat, oil seed rape and field beans.

Most of the dessert fruit is managed by Newmafruit Farms Ltd. They sell the fruit wholesale and direct to supermarkets from their depot at Howfield Farm, Chartham. For employment or sales enquiries please go to their website  www.newmafruit.com

apple blossom

The cider orchards and vineyard are managed by H. Mount & Sons Ltd, which is the parent company behind Woolton Farm.

Dessert & culinary apples & pears

The only culinary apples now grown commercially are Bramleys, but there is a wide choice of dessert varieties, namely: Cox, Jonagold, Royal Gala, Braeburn, Early Windsor, and Cameo. The two pear varieties grown are Conference & Comice.

Cider apples

We planted cider apples for the first time ever in 2014 to supply our expanding cider business with the specific type of cider varieties needed. These include Kingston Black, Dabinet, Yarlinton Mill, Chisel Jersey, Crimson King and Browns, which between them provide the bitter-sweet characteristics that go to make a good full bodied cider.

Wine

Our winPinot Noire is produced from a small vineyard which we planted on the farm in 2012.  We are now offering for sale a single variety white wine made exclusively from Bacchus grapes, and a sparkling (methode champenoise) Rosé, made from the classic blend of the French varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Woolton Sparkling wine

Arable crops

For arable cropping we operate a contract farming arrangement with our   neighbour Robert Spencer, who specialises in arable and livestock at Garrington Farms, Littlebourne.

The land

Most of the farm sits on the valley sides and ridge between the two water ways of the Nailbourne valley to the South and the wider valley of the River Stour to the North.

The soil type ranges from fertile brickearth on the valley sides, with gravels on the ridge and alluvial gravels in the valley bottom, perfect for growing a wide range of crops. The gravels are particularly suitable for vines.