In 1947, apple trees were planted on 93-acre Oakwood Farm in the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Today, Matthew & Carol Wilson own the farm and harvest apples from approximately 40-acres of organic orchards.
Oakwood achieved organic status in 1999. Matthew and Carol are passionate about the environmental benefits of organic farming. "Organic production means sustaining a natural, diverse and healthy balance between the crop the farmer introduces, and the surrounding ecosystem of good soil and beneficial wildlife - such as plants, insects, mammals and birds - that controls fruit pests."
"Among the impressive diversity of wildlife species we see at Oakwood Farm are: mammals such as deer, badger, fox, rabbit and hedgehog; birds such as warblers, nightingale, bullfinch, skylark, swallow, song thrush, woodpeckers, owls and sparrowhawks; insects like bees, dragonflies and butterflies; and flowers too numerous to mention."
Apple varieties grown on the farm are: Cox, Egremont Russet, Fiesta, Ida Red, Jonagored, Spartan, Falstaff and Adams Pearmain with new varieties being introduced all the time.
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