The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and includes around 3,500 named Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Vine and Cob Nut cultivars. Located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham (Kent), the collection is owned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is part of an international programme to protect plant genetic resources for the future.


The University of Reading is responsible for the curation and maintenance of the National Fruit Collection in collaboration with the Fruit Advisory Services Team (FAST), who are based at Brogdale Farm. Public access is organised by Brogdale Collections, who provide guided tours and run various events throughout the year.

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Search the NFC database for information and photographs of the many fruit varieties in the collection.

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Commercial Growers

For professional advice on commercial growing see the Fruit Advisory Services Team (FAST) website.

Brogdale Farm

The National Fruit Collection is open to the public on most days of the year and the Brogdale Collections website has details of forthcoming events and information on visiting Brogdale Farm, including guided tours and festivals.

For retail plant sales and details of the other businesses, visit the Brogdale Farm website.

Accessions and Deaccessions

For information on new accessions, planned deaccessions and any news on the availability of accessions in the collection, follow this link.

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