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Our story


Forgotten Fruits is a small family run and operated business established in 2006. Our passion is to help our customers realise the potential in their properties no matter what size, to be productive landscapes that can help nourish and sustain their inhabitants. We focus on heirloom fruit trees and developing ecosystems that help support fruit trees to produce and thrive. We can help you realise a productive landscape from design, implementation through to support and maintenance. 

 

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Our story


Forgotten Fruits is a small family run and operated business established in 2006. Our passion is to help our customers realise the potential in their properties no matter what size, to be productive landscapes that can help nourish and sustain their inhabitants. We focus on heirloom fruit trees and developing ecosystems that help support fruit trees to produce and thrive. We can help you realise a productive landscape from design, implementation through to support and maintenance. 

 

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Welcome

Our story begins in 1997 when Benji decided to become a nursery man. His passion for providing communities with the know how of feeding families with healthy, heirloom fruit is coupled with his love of developing gardens and orchards which coexist in harmony with both their surroundings and the owners who tend and care for them.

After a several years of being the sole supplier to Koanga Gardens, Benji decided to go out on his own and to expand his passion to the design and implementation of unique and special gardens and orchards.

The nursery is situated on the Tara, a rich pocket of volcanic soil which situated between Kaiwaka & Mangawhai, Northland. Every year new varieties are added to our catalogue and the emphasises is on growing hardy varieties for all of New Zealand but especially the warmer Northland climates. Forgotten Fruits Nursery specialises in apples, pears, plums, peaches, figs nectarines, apricots, almonds and persimmons.

We specialise in productive landscapes

Our experience in this field has given us the skills and knowledge to read a land’s capabilities for orchard production which allows us to help clients find the best sites and the best trees for long-term results with low maintenance in mind. Ongoing support and maintenance programs also helps clients benefit with a healthier and more productive orchard. We develop private gardens, school gardens, orchards, semi-commercial orchards and lifestyle blocks who are looking to supply market growers or personal production.

Benji & Laura woodman

 

Tips and Advice

Our services include:

ORCHARD DESIGN AND CONSULTANCY~
Plans and advice on how to get the best from your land. To find out more about our fees and what Forgotten Fruits can offer, please click here

HEIRLOOM FRUIT TREE SUPPLY ~
Specially selected tree varieties are raised, propagated and grafted by the Forgotten Fruit Nursery. Browse through our selection of Fruit Trees for the up and coming planting season here

PLANTING, PRUNING AND MAINTENANCE ~
The Forgotten Fruit planting method is unique and we can also provide pruning services and education. Interested in rejuvenating an existing orchard? Or looking for tips on how to maintain your established one? Leave us a message here

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Orchard design + consultancy


Orchard design + consultancy


Overview:

Site Visit & Consultation: $200/hr plus GST.
Pruning: $90/hr plus GST.
Travel: 80¢/km plus GST. 

Our site visit and consultation are intended to assist you to see the potential of your land. In consultation with our client we can help you decide what tree varieties will go where and design the best system for function, fruit and success. 

Benji will cover all aspects of any existing orchard that you may have and assist you with decisions based on what stays and what goes regarding the health of the orchard. Benji can cover different types of low maintenance systems that might suit your specific situation and speak of any improvements that may be identified.

Benji will also cover the new plantings of new fruit trees and look at the whole orchard design around maintenance, aesthetics and productivity. It’s helpful to have your priorities and wishes noted down prior to his arrival.

He will also cover any ground work preparations to be done prior to planting eg.native shelter belting, top soil addition or cultivation, ways of water supply etc.

We will also discuss our orchard installation and native planting services which can be roughly quoted on the day. You will be able to cover all that you need to know within the hour and be left with a vision for going forward.

We are happy to assist you in your property’s developments.

Whats included:

• if its an existing orchard we will reiew and outline recommendations 

• suggest maitenanace regimes that suit your needs

• new planting varietities 

• review ground work preparations if needed

• shelterbelt recommendations

• irrigation schemes and water supply