Welcome to a work in progress!
Former convent orchard, Holly Mount Orchard is undergoing a renaissance.
Originally planted in the early 1900s, like too many traditional orchards across England, Holly Mount Orchard has been neglected for decades, abandoned to the clutches of brambles and Japanese Knotweed. When we began work just over a year ago, the orchard was just inches from complete dereliction: we had no idea how many trees were still alive, submerged beneath 6 metre high brambles!
Over the past year, with the support of Incredible Edible Ramsbottom, we have begun a long-term restoration project, returning the orchard to its former glory and making its fruit available for its community.
With 55 heritage apple trees surviving, we are also doing our bit to restore this important habitat: a living, biodiverse and sustainable environment.
If you've got a smart phone and you're browsing via your desktop then you've probably already zapped the QR code on the right, alternatively you can click on the map below or use the following details to put into your sat nav:
Location: Church Walk, Hollymount Lane, Greenmount, Bury BL8 4PR
Lend us a hand!
Restoring the Orchard is carried out by a small group of volunteers from in and around Greenmount and Ramsbottom. We’re not experts, but we want to make a difference.
Main working sessions take place on the FIRST SUNDAY of every month (all year), 1-4pm
...and a bit more casually, the THIRD TUESDAY EVENING of every month (during the Summer Time) 6.30pm onwards.
Check our 'Calendar' for recurring dates and a map that can be copied across to your own calendar!
NB: with a nod towards Health and Saftey: PLEASE NOTE – the orchard is beautiful, but it is not without its own hazards. Years of utter neglect are not without their consequences. The orchard is still being cleared and (sadly) it is most certainly not a playground. All ages and abilities are free to join in and help, but children MUST be accompanied at all times.
Apples already identified at Holly Mount Orchard
- Laxton's Superb (late season)
The definitive late Victorian dessert apple, with a sweet understated taste, the Laxton’s Superb represents a high-point in the development of English apples. Named after the Laxton brothers who developed the apple from a 'Cox' and an older variety 'Wyken Pippin', it was first introduced in 1897. With a dull red flushed skin and white-green flesh; eat in slices rather than biting into it – to release the crisp sweet taste!
First introduced in 1888, the Monarch is a cooking apple which reduces down to a juicy puree and with a more mellow taste than a Bramley Apple. Perfect for apple sauce or pie fillings, the Monarch originates from Chelmsford, Essex (grown by one Mr Seabrook); fruits are large, green-yellow in colour with broken red stripes on top.
- Bramley (Bramley's Seedling)
The Rolls Royce of the cooking apple world, Bramley's Seedling was only discovered by chance during the 19th Century and is only grown in the UK. Whilst it's very well known as a classic 'cooker', with its sharp taste and good all-round versatility, it's also rather good as a cider apple...
- Keswick Codlin (early season)
An older and altogether more local cooking apple, the Keswick Codlin was first found growing in a rubbish pile at Gleaston Castle, Lancashire in the 1790s. Ideal for use in jellies, the fruit ripens early to a pale yellow and follows on from a particularly attractive blossom.
- Newton Wonder (late ripening)
A sweeter companion to the Bramley, this Derby originated cooker provides large apples and was first introduced in the 1870s. With its sweeter edge and red tinged skin, it almost passes as a dessert and when ripe provides lovely juice.
- Ellison's Orange (mid season)
An early cross from the renowned 'Cox’s Orange Pippin', this dessert apple has a real depth of flavour and an unusual aniseed tinge. Developed in Lincolnshire in the 1890s, it is an absolute must for the apple connoisseur: juicy, intense and sweet – best eaten straight from the tree!