The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm in Kent is the largest collection of temperate fruit varieties growing on one site in the world. It is also the oldest fruit collection in the world, for which collecting has been on-going since 1922 – for more than 90 years.
The Collection is owned by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Defra funds the curation and maintenance of the Collection. The present holders of this contract are the University of Reading and FAST Ltd ((Farm Advisory Services Team), with Brogdale Collections responsible for public access to the Collection.
The tender for the Defra National Fruit Collection contract for the next five years (or longer) was published yesterday. To see the tender document visit the Defra web-site and click on ‘view current opportunities’, then see item 10.