The Garden Cider Company was created by Ben and Will Filby. They grew up with an apple tree in the garden, when they were younger it was a climbing frame and a source of great ammunition, in more recent years it became the source of their cider.More
Making cider is great fun but they’ve been limited in a number of apples they could get. They always wanted to make more. Having seen their mum’s apple tree drop its fruit in late summer and half the apples perish every year (much to the delight of the local wasps) they realised there was potential for increasing their harvest by using the surplus apples in other people's gardens, whilst the idea of using apples that may go to waste was all the more appealing. So they came up with a simple idea. If they could collect other people’s spare garden apples in return for some of the cider they produced then there was the potential to make a lot more cider!
Cider orchards have been in decline for generations, they’re trying to make an orchard from as many garden trees as we can! This is a unique experiment and they don’t know what will happen, but they hope you’ll join them and share in it, one thing is sure though, they will try and make some good cider!
Surrey Cider is the first cider from the Garden Cider Company, it is a light, dry and refreshing, a blend of all the apples collected in a single season. They hope that each year it will change, reflecting the variety of fruit grown locally. It is made from spare garden apples that would otherwise go to waste.
They are proud to use what is essentially an abundant, natural and largely wasted resource and turn it into a crafted and sustainable product.