On the southern fringe of Bristol, we have a third of an acre of field (around ten full size allotments) which is gradually becoming a productive market garden and orchard.
In the winter of 2013/14, a few months before opening Birch, we planted 24 fruit trees (a mix of apples, pears, cherries and plums) to form an orchard in the northern corner of the plot. The rest of the area is mostly covered with large semi raised beds, where we grow in a no-dig style using plenty of compost and following careful organic practice. We are focussing our efforts on produce which is hard to get hold of locally, or particularly important to serve very fresh, or is just really fun to harvest, like potatoes.
The produce from the field informs the menu in the restaurant and as the filed grows and matures, we will be getting more and more of our produce from it. There are some photos of the garden and produce on Instagram.