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Our Top Tips for Pruning Apple Trees at Home

It’s the perfect time of year to prune your apple tree and our Farm Manager, Chris, has a few top tips to help you. It’s important to remember that all apple varieties are different so there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to pruning but here are a few basic principles: Regularly […]



We have been working hard to reduce our use of plastic packaging, and over the last twelve months we have developed and introduced recyclable cardboard packs for our cans of four ciders – Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze. The ciders are all canned and packaged at Thatchers family-run mill at Myrtle Farm. That means that […]


Growers of the Year 2017

Apples are our pride and joy – and we couldn’t be without the people who grow them.  Our Growers of the Year for 2017 have been presented with commemorative goblets (to enjoy their cider in) to mark their commitment to quality – pictured with our Chief Cidermaker Richard Johnson are left, James Skittery who has […]


The Railway Wassail 2018

Revellers enjoyed the ancient tradition of Wassailing at The Railway Inn last night. The Wassail is a traditional ceremony that sees apple trees blessed with cider, and awoken from their winter slumber – ensuring a good harvest for the year ahead. Despite the rain, everyone had a fun filled evening, and warmed up with a […]


Pressing blackcurrants on Inside the Factory

Watch Inside the Factory on BBC2 at 8pm this evening (Tuesday 16th January) to see how we get involved in the making of Ribena, here at Myrtle Farm. During the episode, presenter Gregg Wallace explores how 90% of Britain’s blackcurrants are turned into soft drinks. Before arriving at Ribena’s Gloucestershire factory, he takes delivery of […]


Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit with Eat:Festivals

  We’re really pleased to be supporting Eat:Festivals this year with a new bursary, which aims to encourage business start-up and the entrepreneurial spirit. Organisers of Eat:Festivals, which take place in Wellington, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare are offering support to new businesses to enable them to make their first steps into trading. The Bursary […]