Timeline

Brendon Orchards Cooperative has grown and evolved since the early days. Here, we present some of the key milestones and events of these last years.

  • Motivation

    "We, the people, do have the power to stop [the] tragic waste of resources if we regard it as socially unacceptable to waste food."Tristram Stuart - The Global Food Waste Scandal
  • Early Days
    Spring 2008

    Our Beginnings

    Meeting in Primary School to pull together a few potential strands of activity around Transition Town themes. From this night two amazing projects were born - Brendon Energy and Brendon Orchards Cooperative.

  • October 2009

    First Apple Day

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    We held our first Apple Day at Wiveliscombe Community Centre. We borrowed some manual pressing equipment and demonstrated a hydropress. Fantastic interest and enthusiasm shown by community.

  • Spring 2011

    Funding Success, New Equipment and Publicity

    Funding received in the form of a loan to purchase a full set of equipment - in time for a bumper harvest. Equipment used successfully in 10 Parishes and beyond. Group started to attract attention and appearances on BBC Radio Somerset and in the Somerset Gazette. First links made with some local orchards that have continued for several years.

  • July 2012

    We are now a formal Cooperative with an HQ!

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    Generous local support enables Brendon Orchards Cooperative to operate from a unit in Central Wiveliscombe giving us an HQ for juicing and storage space. Application to set up as a bona fide cooperative granted, lease for unit signed.

  • August 2012

    More Equipment

    Successful funding bid to LARC facilitates the conversion of our Apple HQ to food hygiene standard and purchase of a further two sets of equipment.

  • Autumn 2012

    New Website, poor Harvest

    The Autumn 2012 harvest is the worst for many years however this gives us the opportunity to work on the first version of our website.

  • BOC Publicity
    September 2013

    Apple Press Manager Appointed

    Cooperative decides to offer contract to manage the press hire which fulfils a long held ambition of the group and supports the goals of the grant funding which is to create local employment.

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    Autumn 2013

    A special harvest

    2013 has been an incredible season for Brendon Orchards Cooperative. The local trees produced tonnes of fruit and the equipment has been used constantly for 3 months. We were also featured on BBC Countryfile which was seen by 7 million viewers. This resulted in huge interest in the project, equipment etc.

  • December 2013

    Membership numbers increase

    A record year for new cooperative memberships and member renewals.

  • Community Orchard
    December 2013

    Plans for a community orchard

    We are now exploring various sites where we can create an orchard resource for the benefit of the local community.

  • BOC Website Upgrade
    January 2014

    Website Redesign

    Fully responsive website created by Visibility&Co to meet our technical needs and better reflect the objectives of the Cooperative.

  • August 2014

    Committee Members: Outgoing. Incoming.

    We'd like to thank the outgoing committee members for all their hard work, passion and dedication. We welcome the new members and look forward to building on the foundation of success.

  • September 2014

    New Apple Press Manager

    The wonderful Bex Smith was appointed for the 2014 season.

  • 2014 Season

    Member Numbers Continue to Grow

    2014 saw number of members go over the 100 mark - now 108.

  • September 2017

    New Press Kit

    To satisfy the increasing demand, BOC have invested in a third complete Press Kit to hire out. This was bought from accumulated funds without any grants. It looks like all three kits will be very busy throughout the harvest season!

  • September 2017

    Points West

    As part of their 5th October feature on the 2017 apple harvest, BBC Points West and their Somerset reporter, Clinton Rogers, visited The Greenhouse to see the Community Juicing in action. It was (as ever) very busy and the viewers had a quick look at the juicing operation and heard a little about the history of BOC.


Brendon Orchards Cooperative is an evolving project. Please follow our progress.