At Tinkers Bubble we maintain 5 acres of orchards; We produce 3 varieties of juice: Russet and Bramley, (sweet) Cox and Bramley, (medium) Pure Bramley (sharp, but sweet)
We are one of the last orchards of this age a diverse range of mature trees that were mostly planted in the 1930s. This is pretty old for apple trees and we are one of the last orchards of this age.
What we and other people are saying about how to grow the tastiest apples and how old apple trees produce better fruit
We do these varietiesRusset and Bramley (sweet), Cox and Bramley (medium), Pure Bramley (sharp, but sweet)
What we and other people are saying about the different varieties of apple and how to grow them well.
We have recently been nominated for a for best of the west award for best tasting apples.
What does it mean to have been nominated for this award?
No pesticides and we don't have to compensate for the damage pesticides do to the soil by adding, also damaging, fertilisers either.
What we and other other people are saying about pesticides causing cancer reducing soil health so reducing quality.
Everything that can be is animal powered or fired by sustainable wood from forests we manage our self. Including the materials to build our infrastructure. We have a ban on using fossil fuels on site. Other than volunteers using fuel to get here, pretty hard to avoid, we would have zero carbon footprint.
What we and other people are saying about why it is a good idea to not abuse fossil fuel
We don’t use pesticides. This area used to be a large fruit picking area now we are the last organic apple farm in the area. it took many years to get away from using pesticides. The trees had not built up their resistance. Stopped using pesticides in 1993. Probably took 15 years for the trees to recover. Now they are very productive. The coxes are particularly disease prone but we have managed them well. Gradually over time we will replace them with more modern varieties that are less disease prone.
What other people are saying about the use of pesticides on the environment
We have a particularly high level of biodiversity. Our farm is surrounded by mixed woodlands we manage and the zero pesticide use we believe must improve it a lot.
What other people are saying about what high biodiversity means
We have a half standard rootstock which makes a deeper root. This makes for a more sustainable system. Dwarf trees need high inputs such as more fertiliser to fruit well. Our trees do better at finding natural nutrients in the soil. The ground by our trees is fertilised by adding apple fall, leaf mold, and adding tree ash a waste product from living zero carbon. This ash contains high levels of potasium.
What other people are saying about the benefits of not using chemical fertilisers
Were providing more jobs people want, for people who want to live in rural environments, and to repopulate rural areas
What we and other people are saying about the desire to create good jobs in rural environments and the importance of connecting with nature especially for children.
Really trying to produce juice that is in harmony with nature and therefore with human society. In terms of not having an impact on the land. Were providing more jobs for people who want to live in rural environments. And repopulate rural areas. With jobs people enjoy doing. And living in a harmonious way. The juice is supporting us living in this way. Its out main business.
What other people are saying about choosing a harmonious rural lifestyle
We make a concerted effort to make out waste absolutely minimal although in practice this is hard to do. We reuse our bottles which is more efficient than recycling and only takes a little thought. Nearly all our waste from living becomes compost and is cycled back into nature.
What other people are saying about manageing waste effectivly