Update to the statement below.  There is a local community group who wish to take on the farm and farm it in a regenerative way which will include the current fruit and adding vegetables and animals in time.  They wish to re-open the farm shop and tearoom keeping the current ethos. There is no timeline at present so please check back in the new year for an update.

 The farm shop and Orchard Tearoom will permanently close on 30th September this year, although the tearoom will still be able to provide cakes made to order and may open for pre-bookable special occasions such as Christmas and Easter meals and private functions.

The decision was taken three years ago as we have no descendants to pass the business on to and the margins have been getting tighter meaning that the various diversifications we have has kept the business going with enough to live on but not to invest back into machinery and buildings, and there is only so long this can go on for.

However a lot has happened in those three years, climate change has become more noticeable with extremes of weather making it very difficult (last year a lot of fruit was left on the trees as unmarketable), getting workers to help with the harvesting has become progressively more difficult (last year I brought in the entire harvest by myself), footfall has fallen dramatically since the pandemic and the change in working practice during the pandemic has shown us that working for 6-7 days a week all year long is no longer a lifestyle that we wish to pursue.

 The cost of living crisis is the final straw as the footfall has fallen further and the cost of electricity has tripled so keeping the cold stores running has added thousands of pounds to the running costs.  This means that had the decision not been made voluntarily three years ago it would have been forced upon us this year anyway.

 The entire English apple industry is currently in the worst crisis seen for 50-60 years with many orchards being pulled out all over the country, especially in Kent where it is mostly concentrated.  Farming in general in this country is facing an uncertain future and unless something changes then I fear that the food security of this country will become a very serious issue.

The apples in the shop at the moment will be the last and we will finish with one last season of PYO plums starting late July/early August.

 The Ship Community Pub in the village have plans to eventually open up a community shop and it is hoped that many popular lines that we currently sell such as the bird food and Havensfield eggs etc. will be sold there once we have closed.

 The vast majority of customers that are still with us are regulars – some being so for decades and we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your support over the years.



Park Fruit Farm, Pork Lane, Great Holland, Nr Frinton-on-sea, Essex. CO13 0ES

Telephone 01255 674621 (shop hours)

Open All Year 

From August to Christmas we are open 7 days a week, 9.00am-5.00pm Mon to Sat, 10.00am-4.00pm Sun 
From New Year to July we are open 6 days a week, Mon to Sat, 10.00am-4.00pm. 
We are closed between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Bank Holidays 10.00am-4.00pm