Lock Down gave Joe a chance to retreat to his happy place- the farm. He has been busy undertaking some much needed restorative work having laid 850m of hedges, planted 250m of new hedge and 50 hedgerow oaks, a tree planted for the next generation to enjoy. He has also put in a whopping 3,000m of fencing around the farm to protect the young trees and to keep those mischievous sheep from escaping and running wild.
This year we embarked on planting a perry orchard at the front of the farm covering 2.5acres with bush perry pears (about 500 trees) of 10 varieties including Helens Early, Hendre Huffcap, Gin, Blakney Red, Thorn and more. We have also planted 1acre of full standard apple trees in home ground, a lovely spot just by the house with some old Dorset varieties such as Golden Ball and some more well-known eaters such as Katy and Discovery.
To end the year Joe has been working on a new range of fine Cider and Perry- Kings Hill. A concept born of Joe’s desire to work on small batch bespoke single variety products. Our first offering is an on-leaf Dabinett Cider developed using the wild yeast of the leaf and bottle conditioned in the methode Champenoise. This is set to be the first in the new range to be launched in 2021.