Hononton Farm, Brenchley

Hononton Farm is situated in Brenchley, near Tonbridge Kent and farms 60 hectares of land.

We grow the highest quality of apples (Gala, Braeburn, Opal and Red Prince) and grapes.

Mihai Stanca (Tonbridge Orchards Manager) and his dedicated team are there to assist you during your stay and will support you with allocation of rooms, induction training, campsite maintenance and translation services.

We also organise once a week, shopping trips to the local supermarkets, free of charge.

If you need to attend the doctors, dentist or hospital we will help you book the appointments and take you there to translate and support you.

Local Amenities

Hononton Farm is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in West Kent. The nearest village is Horsemonden (approx, 15 min walk) with a pub, village shop, doctors surgery and Post Office. There is also a bus service to Paddock Wood which is the nearest small town (8 Km away). It has the usually amenities including 2 supermarkets, Post Office and the railway station. The rail line connects to Charing Cross in London.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided for you in dormitory style Blocks.

The Top block has 32 beds spread between four large rooms with 4 kitchen and dining rooms, each opposite a bedroom. There are separate male and female shower areas.

The Bottom Block has 8 single rooms with a separate kitchen dining room and a shower area.

If you are coming with friends or family, you can request to share the accommodation with them. Furniture is provided (including tables, chairs, cooker, fridge and heaters).

You will get new pillows and mattress protectors free of charge.

Facilities on site

There is a communal living area with sofas, tables and chairs as well as an outside area with picnic benches where you can have BBQ’s. There is a table tennis and pool table available for you to use in your free time.

Free WI-FI on site and laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers are provided.

The accommodation is clean and tidy when you arrive, and it is your responsibility to keep it clean during your stay.

We arrange social events through the season to celebrate everyone’s hard work.

Join the team

If you think you could become a member of our progressive and hardworking team then we want to hear from you.

Alternatively, please have a look at our Seasonal Work pages for more information.

Bramleys

Bramleys

This is the definitive English cooking apple which is green with a white flesh and which cooks down to a tart puree. It is great for pies and toppings as well as baked apple. It is available all the year round.

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Gala Apples

Gala

The most popular apple in the UK. A super dessert apple which not only looks good but is very tasty and available from October to April in all multiples and green grocers.

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Red Prince Apples

Adrian Scripps Red Prince Apple

This is a superb looking bright red apple which is both sweet and juicy and stores well.

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Braeburn Apples

Braeburn Apple

A great bi-coloured variety that combines sweetness and acidity giving a very rich tangy taste. A family favourite.

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Kanzi Apples

Kanzi Apples

A Gala – Braeburn cross which has an extremely attractive bright pink blush. It is slightly acidic but with great sugar balance. Find out more here

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Conference Pears

Conference Pears

This is by far the most widely cultivated pear in North west Europe due to its good flavour characteristics due to its higher sugars and its excellent storage properties. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening from crisp to very ripe depending upon ones taste.

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Blackcurrants

Adrian Scripps ltd Black currant bush, close up the berriesHere at Adrian Scripps Ltd we have been growing blackcurrants continuously for the high vitamin C Ribena drink since the 1960’s.

We grow a succession of varieties on 80 ha on four of our farms to enable a timely harvest, so ensuring the best quality berries are used for making  the juice.

We grow Ben Gairn, Avon, Dorain, Hope and Tirran.

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Arable

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In addition to the fruit crops, we also grow approx. 300ha of arable  crops in the Medway valley and East Kent.

Crops grown include winter wheat, spring beans and oil seed rape in rotation. All crops are grown to the Assured Produce protocol. All crops in west Kent are stored in our grainstore facilities.

In addition, we are members of the Entry Level Scheme with wild bird mixes, pollen and nectar areas, buffer strips, low input grasslands and over wintered stubbles.

We also manage over 25 ha of woodland.

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Spartan

 

A traditional apple variety with an attractive crimson-red, almost purple skin, and white flesh. Sweet and crisp Flavour

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Opal

 

This very distinctive apple has a great taste to match. It’s crunchy with a floral aroma and sweet, tangy flavour with the added benefit of not browning after cutting making it not only great for eating but also ideal for salads or lunchboxes.

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Grapes

Great wine starts with great fruit and we are proud to grow grapes that are  part of the English sparkling wine revolution

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Community

Tesco Eat Happy

We believe it is important to promote the healthy natural alternative to sweets that Apples can provide and this starts with education at a young age. That is why we support the Tesco Eat Happy Project by offering school visits or talks. If your school is interested in visiting why not click on the ‘Tesco Eat Happy Logo’ to learn more

 It’s not just about the great benefits of apples either. We are championing the great potential for a career in the fruit industry. That’s why we were delighted to be recognised with the Work Experience: Outstanding Employer Contribution award by EBP Kent. If you are interested in work experience why not Contact Us for more information 

Alternatively everyone is invited to come and see what we do at Open Farm Sunday. Held annually in June, we, like 1000s of other farmers across the country open our gates to the public. Keep checking the website for details of the next event

 We are also proud to sponsor Capel Cricket Club  

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Storage

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Harvesting at the right time and only picking the best quality is key to maintain the freshness, flavour and eating quality of our fruit.

This is backed up by the use the latest computerised storage technology. Adrian Scripps Ltd. has one of the largest and most modern controlled atmosphere storage complexes in the UK. We operate a total of 77 chambers capable of holding 15,000 tonnes (45,000 bins) of fruit in Ultra Low Oxygen conditions. The stores are designed to cool the fruit and establish U.L.O. conditions post harvest in the shortest possible time.

Within each individual chamber Ethylene removal as well as controlled atmosphere technology is used to balance the natural gases of respiration. This means the fruit can be maintained in excellent condition until the desired marketing period.

The latest computerised equipment continually monitors the storage conditions. With regular sampling of the fruit by our technical team we are able to ensure it is in its optimum condition when supplied to our customers.

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Packing

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Adrian Scripps Ltd has just invested in brand new state of the art MAF- Roda pre-grader, utilising the most modern technology and recent advances in computerised colour, size and blemish sorting. Adrian Scripps Ltd have also invested in new packing lines and are able to grade and pack several varieties and product lines daily. Typically 15 tonnes of fruit an hour can be graded and packed into a range customer packs and standards.Pre-packing facilities allow the packing of poly bags, over-wrap packs and flo-wraps to match our customers’ individual requirements.

An experienced and motivated team ensures that all packed product meets customer standards and reaches the consumer in perfect condition. Through our traceability system the origin of fruit can be traced from the supermarket shelf back to the orchard where it was grown.

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Jazz™

Very Juicy with Strong Crunch, vibrant colours and giving a fantastic rush of sweet tart and pear drop tastes.

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