MalvernTrail encourages sustainable tourism approaches and other ways to reduce environmental impact.
- Organic foods and small scale production can be good for the environment, particularly if ‘food miles’ are also reduced.
- Organic and local sources, veg boxes
- Farmers Markets
- Farms and shops around the counties.
- Other sections on this page:
- Food page for local beer, wine, fruit-based drinks, places to eat, including veggie in Malvern. Also see Cider page, with some apple and local orchards info. Gardens with tea rooms outside Malvern are generally listed under Town and villages.
- Food festivals and other events celebrating local produce, such as Pershore Plum Fayre, Big Apple weekend, Asparagus Festival (Evesham) are listed on the Events page.
- See Malvern Green site for local environmental information, including recycling.
Use public transport, cycling and walking to minimise environmental impact, maximise enjoyment and appreciate the locality. See Walking the Malverns for local groups, guides and leaflets. For bike travel, Cycling Around Malvern for countryside, Cycle in Malvern for town facilities, and places on our Around Malvern page are within cycling distance (but not necessarily for low-mileage cyclists!). Getting Here gives local train and bus details.
Organic, wholefood, local
Malvern has two organic/wholefood specialist outlets:
– Bran Tub, Worcester Road (near the row of estate agents), vegetarian.
– Greenlink Organics, Graham Road. Has a cafe area, also refill your Ecover bottles here.
Waitrose, in between these two, has a good selection of organic veg and produce.
Organic Box schemes
- Little Marcle Farm Shop, with Flights Orchard Farm.
- Boxfresh Organics, which was connected with Flights Orchard, has become part of Riverford Organic.
- Just Good Foods, Cradley, phone 01886 880085. Sourced from local conscientious growers and organic producers.
- Skylark Organics is based at Cradley, phone 01886 881097, and runs a box scheme across Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
- Shared Harvest, Orchard Oak, of Woolhope, HR1 4RJB. Local and organic home delivery box scheme and Fairtrade wholefoods to Ross, Hereford and Leominster areas. Phone 01989 740312. (Info from Herefordshire Fairtrade site)
- Further away (Ombersley, west of Droitwich) is Farm Direct Produce. Deliveries around Worcestershire.
- Oxton Organics, Fladbury, near Pershore has been operating since 1994.
Roots farm shop at Rushwick, phone 01905 421104, is connected with Upper Wick Farm, off the bypass south of Worcester, and sells a range of organic and local produce.
Phoenix Organics is a wholesaler of UK and imported organic fruit and vegetables, based at Cradley.
Haygrove Farm near Ledbury supplies strawberries to M&S, and apparently uses organic pest control (chickens, hedgehogs).
Directories, Guides, Groups
Malvern Hills AONB has produced a guide to buying Local Orchard Fruit.
Worcestershire’s Tourism Unit has a Food and Drink directory available at selected venues, including some farmers markets. See their Tastes of Worcestershire web pages for a flavour.
Farm buying opportunities elsewhere via Farm Retail Association (now part of FARMA).
Local cheeses, dairy
Lightwood Cheese is a little north of Malvern: Lightwood Lane, Cotheridge, phone 01905 333468. Cheeses made from milk from own farms include Elgar Mature, Severn Vale.
Mousetrap Cheese / Monkland Cheese Dairy near Leominster produce their own Little Hereford Cheeses. Also cafe and cheesemaking tours. Their cheese shops in Leominster, Hereford and Ludlow are likely to sell local cheeses. Phone 01568 720307.
House of Cheese Cotswolds cheesemongers based in Tetbury.
Just Rachel ice creams are available through various local outlets. They are based at Eggs Tump, Bromsberrow.
The Ice Bytes Internet Cafe in Ledbury was sourcing ice cream from a local supplier (Beacon Hill Farm) which uses organic methods but we need an update on whether this still holds.
Info on the ones we’ve come across – but details may well have changed since, so do check. Most take place in the mornings only (to about 1 or 2pm).
Also see Worcestershire Farmers’ Market Group website which has details for Malvern, Pershore, Evesham and others in the county. In Herefordshire, phone 01886 821237. Also check the map of members of National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA), or localfoods.org.uk – both include farm shops too.
Bromyard – Market Place, 4th Thursday each month.
Evesham – High Street. 4th Friday monthly?
Forest of Dean: Cinderford Town Centre, 1st Friday monthly; Coleford Town Centre, 2nd Friday monthly; Lydney – Newerne St car park, 3rd Friday monthly; Newent Town House, 4th Friday monthly.
Hanley Swan Village Hall. Third Sunday of the month, 11 to 2.
Malvern – in Abbey Road (by Post Office/gatehouse), third Saturday of the month, 9 to 2.
Ross-on-Wye – Market Hall, High Street. First Friday monthly.
Tewkesbury – Abbey car park. Second Saturday monthly.
Fresh-n-Local Farmers Markets in Gloucestershire, and slightly beyond.
Shortwood Organic Farm has many family friendly activities for a ‘fun day out’, including cider making in October. Pencombe, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4RP. Phone 01885 400205.
Ross-onWye – Field Fayre sells local, organic produce. 18-19 Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7EA. Phone 01989 566683.
If you are travelling via Cirencester (Glos), check out The Organic Farm Shop.
Dunkertons Organic Cider and Perry Mill is under Pembridge (on the Places Around page).
September Organic in Weobley produces great ice creams. (Their dairy near Almeley – hence pic on left – closed down due to the events of 2003.)
The Dairy House in Weobley produces a range of organic dairy products – yoghurts, cheesecakes, cream, cheese and more. Phone 01544 318815.
Hampton Court, Hope Under Dinmore, Leominster, HR6 0PN. Phone 01568 797777. Organic gardens and restaurant/tea room in historic castle grounds.Hampton Court Trust aims to demonstrate practical ways of using sustainable principles in the natural environment.
Hereford possibilities: Rocket kitchen cafe, 24 Church Street, HR1 2LR; Fodder wholefood shop in Church Street.
Shepherds Ice Cream, Peterchurch. “The original sheeps milk ice cream, an ice cream with less than 7% fat.”
Pengethley Farm Shop SO540255 Peterstow, HR9 6LN. West of Ross-on-Wye.
Brown and Green (previously Shepherd’s Farm Shop), at 3 Shires Garden Centre near Newent, Gloucestershire. A wide range of food and drink from local and regional producers.
Revills Farm Shop, Defford (west of Pershore). Locally sourced produce, tea room.
Ragmans Lane Farm, Forest of Dean, runs on permaculture principles and run courses (including a cider and apple juice weekend).
We’ve seen a mention of an organic food shop at Old Park, Lydney Park Estate, Forest of Dean.
Eco and other developments
Quite a few local craft workers try to incorporate sustainability ideas -see Arts and Crafts page.
Anybody’s Barn provides self-catering group accommodation for courses and workshops for up to 20 people, at low cost. Has been used by the likes of Buddhists, therapy groups, schools, women’s groups, inner city community groups. Located at Birchwood Hall (SO752500), which is where Elgar learnt to cycle! Phone 01886 884635.
Malvern Hills Amnesty International has a bookshop in Edith Walk (up from Waitrose). There’s some information on the Worcester AI web pages.
Floating Lotus provides a mobile solar powered geodesic venue for concerts, conferences, festivals, community events etc.
Marches Energy Agency – a charity supporting energy conservation and renewable energy in Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
Ecotopia is in Stroud, dedicated to supplying environmentally friendly, energy saving and recycled products to the general public.
The Green Shop, Bisley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7BX. (north east of Stroud).
The British Society of Dowsers , which did have offices in the centre of Malvern, is now just down the road to Hanley Swan.
Impetus is the local (Worcs, Here, S Shrops) Community Development Finance Initiative, helping the local economy to grow.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust owns or manages over 70 nature reserves, most of them open to visitors. Ravenshill Wood SO740539 just north of the Hills, near Alfrick, is in fact privately owned but closely connected to WWT. Knapp and Papermill reserve SO751522 is close by and Crews Hill Wood SO734531 is another in the locality. See Walking page for WIldlife and Ladnscape Trail info. Boynes Coppice and Meadows is just west of Upton, but access is by special permit only, while Brotheridge Green SO817413 is north of there, requiring a permit for non-members. Drake Street Meadow at Welland is another requiring special permit, as is Marshlands Meadow, part of the old Longdon Marsh 5 miles west of Tewkesbury. Poolhay Meadows SO831306, off B4211 Upton to Gloucester Road. Events diary link; Malvern local group.
Worcestershire Naturalists Club. Includes a top ten list of places to visit.
Woodland Trust woods in the area include Crumpton Hill Wood SO760488 just east of Storridge; Netherwood SO620491 at Stoke Lacy (and rated as well worth a visit by the Trust). Copcut SO889612 is just south of Droitwich.
St. Wulstan’s Nature Reserve, Malvern Wells.
Madley Environmental Study Centre, approx. 7 miles south west of Hereford, is worth a mention.
Wye and Usk Foundation A charity concerned with restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk.
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation ‘saving butterflies, moths and their habitats’.
The National Trust is (or has been?) trialling ‘sustainable farming’ on its Brockhampton Estate.
Wildwood Coppice Crafts has been run by Dave Jackson since 1999.
Coppicing in the Malverns and Teme Valley (Phil Hopkinson).
The garden at Barnards Green House opens as part of the National Garden Scheme. Every Thursday April to September (as at 2006). Phone 01684 574446.
Little Malvern Court and Madresfield Court – see Interest page.
Caves Folly Nurseries Some fruit and veg, organic compost, as well as a wide range of organically grown Herbaceous Perennials, Alpines, Grasses and Herbs. 10am to 5pm, Thurs to Sat. Evendine Lane, Colwall, WR13 6DY. Phone 01684 540631.
Chris Patterson nurseryman Small wholesale / retail nursery growing a wide range of shrubs and alpines, stocks of Tufa Rock. Non-organic as far as we know. Brookend, Pendock, GL19 3PL. Phone 01531 650480.
Cottage Herbery. Mill House, Boraston Ford, Boraston, near Tenbury Wells, WR15 8LZ. Phone 01584 781575.
Burford House Gardens, between Tenbury Wells and Ludlow, houses a National Clematis Collection.
Moors Meadow Garden and Nursery, north of Bromyard. Seven acre organic hillside site.