Our Family

Our cherry farming family proprietors of The English Cherry Company, Aspley Guise

Our cherry farming family [click to enlarge]

After forty years of flying commercial aircraft, Rupert was thinking about his retirement. After a chance reading of The Fruit Grower, which talked of a shortage of English cherries, a passion was ignited.

No stranger to fruit farming, Rupert was able to call upon 20 years of experience growing strawberries for the ‘pick your own’ market in his spare time. So in 2006, over 1,000 cherry trees were planted and nurtured with the very best care and attention.

In 2009 the first fruits of his labour were sold in the old Farm Shop, which now comes back to life for four weeks of every year, each July.

Loyal customers return year after year for exquisite, big, sweet and juicy cherries of the highest quality – often on a daily basis throughout the season. The farm shop has become a bustling meeting place for customers and friends who love to discuss the harvest, learn more about the growing year and swap imaginative cherry recipes.

This passion and excitement for lovingly grown, local produce has heralded the next generation’s involvement. Daughter Angie and her husband Charlie planted a further 900 trees on the farm in 2012, which are now contributing to the production of the farm.