Land that is managed organically provides an ideal environment for wildlife, flora and fauna to thrive, and every effort is made to encourage public use of the footpaths that criss-cross the farm and the orchards.
In addition to using apples from the farm, Dowding’s make use of surplus local apples that wouldn’t otherwise be harvested. As a small business, care can be taken to ensure that none of the apples harvested are ever sprayed or fertilised. Harvesting apples from other local places means that others can be involved (such as schools and community projects), as well as making use of the many traditional, and varied orchards that exist in an area often referred to as ‘apple and cider country’.
All of Dowding’s apples are harvested by hand. This improves quality control and provides employment for local people.