Albert Johnson is looking to trial grafting vintage varieties onto some of the more conventional varieties in their orchard.
Over the next decade Broome Farm will be undergoing a regeneration cycle in their orchards. They currently have too much fruit for what they need, and not enough range of apple varieties. They hope to graft a large number of trees from their original varieties into other vintage varieties.
They will also be growing seedling varieties and use the available trees to graft, hastening the time it takes for them to be able to taste the fruit.
Albert want’s to find out if large-scale re-grafting on this level is a viable way to alter apple orchards, and look at the comparative rates of how fast/how successful different varieties are to being grafted onto existing trees.