|National Fruit Collection|
Orchards at Brogdale Farm
|Location||Brogdale, Kent, England|
|Area||150 acres (61 ha)|
|Owned by||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
|Managed by||University of Reading|
|Plants||> 3,500 varieties|
The United Kingdom's National Fruit Collection is one of the largest collections of fruit trees and plants in the world. Over 2,040 varieties of apple, 502 of pear, 350 of plum, 322 of cherry and smaller collections of bush fruits, nuts and grapes are grown, in 150 acres (61 ha) of orchards.
It has been curated and maintained at Brogdale Farm, Brogdale, Kent since 1952 and is owned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The University of Reading took over day-to-day maintenance of the collection in 2008.
The collection includes two trees or bushes of each variety, in case one is lost.
- British Broadcasting Corporation : 17 August 2006 : A Tour Around Kent's Garden of Eden Retrieved 26 June 2010
- "National Fruit Collection". www.nationalfruitcollection.org.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
- Campbell, Sophie (2008). "National Fruit Collection in tug of love". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
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