John Burgess

2016 - Cider Making & Community

Many London gardens have apple trees but most of the fruit is wasted. In 2010 John Burgess decided to do something about this waste of a fantastic natural resource. He leafleted neighbours offering to collect unwanted apples (or pears) to make cider.  The response was overwhelming.

He collected 750 kilos of apples and pears and pressed the fruit to produce the first batch of London Glider – a clear, strong, still cider with a well-balanced fruity flavour and clean apple finish.

Nothing is wasted. Even the dry pulp left after each pressing is given to local farms to feed the sheep.

His “Orchard” continues to grow.