The National Trust of Guernsey is pleased to be involved with a community project to re-establish an apple orchard at its historic property, Les Caches Farm, set in the peaceful rural setting of Les Villets hamlet, Forest, Guernsey.

This mid-19th century Guernsey farmhouse and barn was generously bequeathed to the Trust by Miss Ruth Le Huray in 1993.

Evidence of an apple orchard at Les Caches appears on William Gardener's 1787 map, commissioned by the Duke of Richmond. Mindful of Guernsey's established cider trade at around this time, the then apple orchard at Les Caches was almost certainly planted with tree varieties, suitable for cider production.

William Gardener's 1787 map of the island of Guernsey, commissioned by the Duke of Richmond
To embellish Les Caches Farm's agricultural legacy, an apple orchard, on land to the South West of the property, has been planted out by Year Six Forest Primary School Children and volunteers.
The project involved five organisations

L-R: Colin Dodd, Will Roger, Chris Stonebridge for Guernsey Trees for Life, Ben Hewlett for CCD Architects, James Meller for Rocquette Cider, Oliver Westgarth for CCD, Tanya Dorrity for The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Jemma Field for National Trust of Guernsey and Andy McCutcheon for Guernsey Trees for Life.

L-R: Andy McCutcheon, James Mellor then Tanya Dorrity talking with NTG's Jemma Field and Ian McCathie

As part of its 'Keep Guernsey Green Award', The Channel Islands Co-operative Society sponsored the purchase of over twenty trees, comprising three varieties. Browns, Harry Masters, and Michelin. The varieties were chosen by James Meller, managing director of Guernsey's unique cider production company, Rocquette Cider and Andy McCutcheon, representing Guernsey Trees for Life.

Saplings arrive with FerrySpeed's Guernsey team (Profreight)

FerrySpeed generously provided free shipping and delivery of the saplings, which arrived with Profreight, on Monday 6th February. Bare-rooted, they were offloaded and carefully laid out on a raised wooden bed with wrap-around insulated sheeting, to be tended and water-misted, until planting out on Friday 10th February, 2017.

The site was mown on Tuesday 7th February, the tree plots were measured and marked up on Thursday 9th February using, according to Oliver, 'a cool method' involving three lengths of string, shown by our orchard expert, James Meller. Then, on Friday 10th February, volunteers from all the project organisations, dug out tree holes, banged tree stakes into the ground and made the plot ready for planting, all the while accompanied by four happy dogs, running around on the brightest morning of the week so far.

National Trust of Guernsey is thrilled to have provided a location for the apple orchard at Les Caches Farm and remains indebted to the expansive teamwork that brought the project to life. The class of Year Six Forest Primary School 2017 have established an apple orchard with the promise of future enjoyment for many more people, over many years to come.

L-R: Forest School pupils and NTG's Nic Jee, same again with NTG's Ian McCathie

This important legacy project has been made possible through The Channel Islands Co-operative Society support. Speaking on behalf of CICS, Tanya Dorrity says, that as a community retailer across the Channel Islands, CICS is proud of its strong links with schools, charities and voluntary groups.

We're delighted Forest Primary School children are getting involved in this worthwhile environmental project, which is part of our legacy to the Island

We would like to thank Guernsey composer, Thomas Farnon for allowing us to use his work 'Proud Optimism' as a soundtrack for this short video.

Preserving Guernsey's heritage for future generations


Photographs ©National Trust Guernsey Music by kind permission of Thomas Farnon @

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