A traditionally managed, historic orchard will have the most to offer in terms of fauna and flora. The following selection, which are also designated nature reserves, should fit the bill nicely.
1 Killerton estate in Devon, is run by the National Trust and has 50 acres of orchard, playing host to over 100 apple cultivars, including the oddly named ‘slack ma girdle’ and ‘hangy down’.
2 The Sturts North is an old, onehectare cider orchard managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve contains a number of old and newly planted trees, with local fruit varieties.
3 Knapp and Papermill Reserve on the edge of the Malverns is managed by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and plays host to a fine collection of apple trees.
4 Tewin Orchard northeast of Welwyn Garden City, this orchard is managed by Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. It is a traditional village orchard.
5 No Man’s Community Orchard in Kent is co-owned by Chartham and Harbledown parish councils and is the first orchard to be designated a local nature reserve in the UK.