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Welcome to West Green Fruits
Pick Your Own fruit in Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8LP

 

What a gorgeous month March became with some stunningly beautiful weather. The old saying goes that if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb and how true has that been. Being able to sit outside unseasonably for the odd lunchtime or cup of tea is, for me, a joy. The cat is delighted because of the seat cushion that became available.

On top of that working outside is so pleasurable, especially for repetitive jobs. The raspberry canes have had their tops nipped out, partly for realistic picking height but also, as for any prune, to stimulate a better crop. At the same time those canes needing additional tying up, thanks to broken ties through the winter, were done too. Tedious jobs but so much nicer with a bit of warmth and sun.

The blackberry and hybrid canes that fruited last year have now been cut out and the new growth, for 2020 cropping, will grow unimpeded and be kept under control from the start. A far nicer way to deal with rampant spikey plants I must say! Fleece has also been put over one large bed of strawberries, which will be uncovered ultimately as two plots to give a gradual lead in to the main beds. That is the plan, but then we are dealing with nature!

The point of fleecing beds is to play with picking dates, but the downside is the need to remove it and replace it from time to time to apply fertilizer, fungicide etc., or even to cool the plants down if the weather becomes too warm so risking disease from too humid conditions. This can mean daily ‘on and off’, which a real trial if only timewise. There is also the problem of deer trampling on it to break through and eat the prematurely juicy leaves compared to their other options. 

The weed control in both the strawberry and raspberry beds is looking excellent at the moment and so should carry through the season better than we’ve enjoyed for a few years. It’s a difficult thing to achieve, not least because you don’t want to cause damage to the plants and more significantly, and quite rightly, there must be no risk to a food crop for the consumer. On top of that the cost of chemicals is eyewatering if not used properly and labour for manual control is time consuming, backbreaking but also very costly. That said, those souls who do the job during the spring and summer have always done a good job and willingly. We are so grateful to them.

For this year we have a bit of a staff change due to some of the merry band of the last few years coming to the end of education or having work experience opportunities that will occupy them this year. Thus, it will be a summer of rather more training than we have done for a while but we are looking forward to welcoming back those that are returning along with those lined up for their induction to life with the Hazells, and Carolyn in particular!

Mowing commences in earnest this week to get the field into its garden look ready for June, but before that we have Andrew doing a short walk and talk in the field followed by a Strawberry Cream Tea at home in aid of the HMR churches on May 11th and so we need to be looking tip-top for that too.

Thus, everything is underway looking towards seeing all our customers again from June.

With Best wishes,
Andrew, Carolyn and all who help us

 

CHARITIES

We rotate the charities who benefit from a share of our summer sin bins each year and these charities are:

THE MATTHEW ELVIDGE TRUST:

www.thematthewelvidgetrust.com

NAOMI HOUSE & JACK'S PLACE:

www.naomihouse.org.uk and  www.naomihouse.org.uk/pages/jacksplace

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE:

www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk

ODIHAM COTTAGE HOSPITAL:

odihamcottagehospital.org.uk 

OTHER ORGANISATIONS:

DIPLEY MILL:  

Located close to West Green Fruits the gardens are opened a few days each year to the public, and are truly beautiful and unique and more than worth the visit. The garden is advertised as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Turn left on to the road as you leave us and follow the lane for approximately 1 mile, towards Mattingley. Dipley Mill is on the right hand side, with well signed parking when open and you can have a delicious tea during your visit. For further details do visit www.ngs.org.uk 

 

HOOK HOUSE HOTEL:

A warm welcome awaits you at this family run small hotel. 
They cater for private parties and functions too.
www.hookhousehotel.com or call 01256 760232

For 2018 we are joining with Hook House for family wreath making - see our 2018 - Christmas BArn information page and the Christmas page for information

2018 CHRISTMAS BARN

Our Christmas Barn opens on Saturday November 24th at 9am - details can be found on our Christams page

We are open SEVEN days a week from the 24th until either December 22nd or until we sell out of trees.

We can take orders and make deliveries (for which there may be a small fee)

NEW for this year is an additional way to spend time with us decorating a wreath - at Hook House Hotel:
This is for a family experience - children bring your parent(s)!
Refreshments and all materials are included.
Details can be obtained from Katie or Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01256760232 for more details.
Sessions are available on November 30th after school and on Saturday December 1st.
Once our mobile is switched back on you can always contact me directly if you wish.

 

LAST PYO DAY of 2018 - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8th 2018
for raspberries and blackberries

We re-open on Saturday November 24th for our Christmas Barn

Please check this site, follow us on facebook or call 01252 845772 for up to date information. 
Product availability is listed below and changes as the season progresses.
Do call our mobile number 07954 730143 during open hours ONLY for any specific information / availability.

For picking your own we do supply baskets but ask that you avoid wasting them and just take what you need for the quantity you wish to pick,
We cannot re-use dirty baskets that are discarded.

Also, while it may seem obvious, 'Pick Your Own' means 'Pick and Pay' and so everything that you pick must be paid for before it is eaten. PYO is no different to any other retail situation regarding payment.

Additionally, whilst it is stated elsewhere on our website we must remind you that we are not able to let you bring your dogs on site other than in a vehicle.
Our only exception is for assistance dogs such as a guide dog or hearing dog.
This is an insurance and Environmental Health Department requirement.

We are dog lovers ourselves and have 5, but they are not walked in the the fruit fields all summer, even outside of working hours.

Orders:

We have ready picked produce available at our shop but if you need something specifically we are very happy to take orders. If you want a larger quantity pre-ordering will avoid disappointment.

Other Summer Produce:

We now sell Jude's Ice-creams, our lovely Jella having moved out of the area, and a wonderful selection of Jams and Chutneys, local Honey and Free Range Eggs.
New in 2017 was our very own jam and new for this year is Seville Orange Marmalade. 
We are having it made locally using all our own fruit (other than for marmalades and the like!) and we will be selling chutneys made locally, some of which include beers from our local brewery - Andwell's.

Christmas Barn:

We open again for our 2018 CHRISTMAS BARN on November 24th until December 22nd (while stocks last), and we hope you will visit us then too.
Please visit our Christmas page for information - we open on November 24th 2016 @ 9.00am 

Current PYO Seasonal Availability: DO CALL 07954 730143 for upto date info before travelling

  • RHUBARB -
  • STRAWBERRIES -  
  • GOOSEBERRIES -
  • RASPBERRIES -
  • TAYBERRIES, TUMMELBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES & LOGANBERRIES -
  • BLACK CURRANTS -
  • REDCURRANTS -
  • BLUEBERRIES -
  • BLACKBERRIES -
  • CHERRIES -
  • NEW POTATOES -
  • SUMMER VEGETABLES -
  • ASPARAGUS -
  • RUNNER BEANS -
  • HOMEMADE JAM -
  • LOCAL FREE RANGE EGGS -
  • LOCAL HONEY -
  • JUDE'S ICE-CREAM -

 We now 'charge' 5p/bag for each carrier bag you use and donate it to our charities

Visits

We enjoy visits from a variety of groups, of all age groups, each year during the fruit season or at other times.

We can cater for activity visits for organisations such as nursery schools and beavers, brownies etc as well as informative visits for clubs and organisations wishing to learn a little about what we do, both with the Pick Your Own and also the farm in general.

Please contact me either by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 01252 845772 to discuss what you need.

We do not generally make a charge but any fruit picked will be charged for.
Additionally, depending upon the nature of your visit we will ask for a donation for our chosen charities for the year.

We CANNOT accomodate coach parties

Sponsorship and Donations

Every year we are asked to donate fruit or sponsor different events.

We are delighted to be able to support local organisations and charities but we have to limit the level of annual donations we are able to make, and as a general rule we do not promote other businesses.

Please feel free to contact us regarding sponsorship and donations but with the understanding that we may not be able to help you at that particular time.

One form of 'sponsorship' that we are very keen to encourage is that asked for by our younger customers who make jams etc to sell to raise funds for their schools and charities, and even one year youngsters taking part in a schools' cookery competition.

 

LINKS

The people and organisations we 'LINK' with are local and personally known to us.
Unfortunately we are unable to list any corporate organisation. We hope you understand.

Opening Hours

CHRISTMAS BARN 2018:

The Christmas Barn opens:
Saturday November, 24th 2018
until stock runs out
or December 22nd latest

Open DAILY (inc Mondays)
9am - 4.30pm

We reserve the right to close without notice if necessary

Please re-check this site & facebook for latest information

or call 01252 845772 for information from November 1st

2019 - FRUIT SEASON

We open again around the middle of June

 

 

Planting strawberries

Getting ready for the new season, planting out the strawberries.

bowl-of-strawberries

The crop of delicious strawberries.

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The girls in their uniform.

Job well done

Job well done!