The orchard is situated on what used to be an intricate Victorian parterre. In its place we now have a collection of fruit trees including varieties of apples, pears, plums, damsons and greengages.
Varieties have been chosen for their ability to cope with Cumbria’s cool and humid conditions, and some, such as the ‘Keswick Codlin’ apple, have a traditional Cumbrian heritage.
Members of our local Rose Castle community can call in to harvest the produce. They make homemade apple juice, apple chutney, damson gin, and plum jam for their own use.
You can see bees and ladybirds amongst the blossom in May, colourful fruits in September, blackbirds feasting on fallen fruits in November. In December, the orchard is dusted in frost.