Visit an organic farm

Apricot Centre, Essex

The Apricot Centre is a small eco-venue in North Essex, stylishly constructed from 4 shipping containers finished in glass and wood. The centre is situated on a 4-acre organic market garden 2.5 miles from Manningtree railway station. The aim of the centre is to give courses and experiences on the theme of 'sustainable living' for the general public and for professionals in the fields of therapy, creativity, and agriculture/horticulture.

Organic fruit and vegetables

The smallholding dates back to 1932 when the Land Settlement Act provided small plots of land and cottages for ex-miners during the recession. Fruit and vegetables were grown for the London markets and today, produce is again being sold in Stoke Newington farmers market in north London. Twenty three varieties of apples, pears and plum are growing, together with an apricot tree in the polytunnel.

New woodland

The woodland has a mixture of native broadleaf trees including oak, cherry, hazel and sweet chestnut. The woodland provides habitats for wildlife with a balance of open glades and wooded areas and will provide sustainable firewood for the house.


The training courses run on the site focus on sustainable living - people, food, energy and the Land. The courses are continually updated and currently include themes such as; permaculture, biodynamic growing, process oriented psychology, ecopsychology, cookery, yoga (for adults and children), and much more.

School visits

The farm recieves a Defra grant to enable schools to visit the farm for free. Please contact the farm if you wish to visit.  

Arranging a visit   

Individuals, schools and groups (small and large) are welcome through out the year by arrangement.  

How to get there   

Visit the farm's website for comprehensive directions.           

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