On the edge of Lynsted, Park Farm cherry orchard is a traditionally managed old orchard which has been developed as a community resource with aims of raising local interest in the fine heritage of cherry production in the North Kent Fruit Belt. The Orchard has been the focus for a series of vibrant events since 2005 celebrating the heritage of cherry culture.
With the help of local schools and groups, the orchard group have studied the management of the Orchard, and the ecology of the wildlife that abounds in it. In this way the have described, recorded, conserved and celebrated this island of cherry husbandry and tradition in an area that is seeing a rapid loss of cherry orchards.
Lynsted orchard group are embracing this philosophy and undertaking a variety of biodiversity activities for everyone to partake in.
Close by to Lynsted is Teynham, the village where the first mother orchard was planted at New Gardens and Osiers Farm by Henry VIII head fruiterer, Richard Harris.
This was the beginning of commercial fruit production planting new orchards in the surrounding area including Lynsted.
Sadly, these traditional orchards are disappearing fast so visit Park farm and celebrate what Lambarde wrote in 1576 and taste those scrumptious cherries during summer time.