Grove Heritage Nursery
Preserving Australia’s largest collection of ‘heritage’ apple trees, while improving the lives of Tasmanians with disabilities
With a deep foundation in “sustainable service” (improving the lives of individuals while creating genuine value in the community), OAK Tasmania is consistently lead into new opportunities for growth and expansion.
In 2009, one such opportunity came with the arrival of the Grove Heritage Nursery to the OAK Tasmania family. Located on 28ha in the heart of Tasmania’s apple growing mecca (the Huon Valley), Grove Heritage Nursery brings a very unique gift to the community — Australia’s largest collection of ‘heritage’ apple trees.
Approximately 850 varieties of pome fruit have been cultivated and maintained at Grove Heritage Nursery since its’ inception in 1951. In recent years research has extended into stonefruit, berries, floriculture and organics – with a focus on developing new cultivars, improving orchard systems and exploring alternative strategies for pest and disease management.
Now in partnership with our Tahune Fields Nursery (which already grows in excess of 200,000 apple trees and stone fruit trees for orchardists each year) Grove Heritage Nursery expands our horticulture offering while providing a whole new channel of meaningful employment and training opportunities for Tasmanians living with disability.
We love the fact that by empowering our supported staff with specialised skills, we are helping to maintain biodiversity through Australia’s heritage apple varieties. In truth, the whole concept of biodiversity sits at the very heart-centre of OAK Tasmania – by preserving the growing needs of the individual, we add to the possibilities of the whole.
Working closely with industry stakeholders such as Fruit Growers Tasmania (FGT); Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR), and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL), we are committed to maintaining, preserving and expanding the Heritage Nursery as a centre of excellence – while aligning this offering with the special business model that makes OAK Tasmania such a unique resource for Tasmanians living with disability.
We are now offering more than 60 apple tree varieties for sale…direct from Grove Heritage Nursery to you! If you have always wanted plant your own backyard orchard or grow miniature apple tree varieties on your deck that produce superb tasting fruit…simply place your order on-line now.
We also offer a selection of heritage Scionwood and cider varieties for wholesale purchase. Retail sales of a selection of our varieities are available from a select group of Tasmanian nurseries, including:
- New Town Station Nursery, New Town
- Harmony Garden Centre, Lauderdale
- Allan’s Garden Centre, Prospect
- Legana Plants Plus, Legana
- Devonport Nursery, Devonport
- West Park Nursery, Burnie
“Genuine connection with the natural world is a gift that we love to share with those in our care. To combine that with active employment, rich learning opportunities and such a valuable service as that which Grove Heritage Nursery provides, we feel thrilled to have Grove as part of the OAK Tasmania organisation.” - John Paton, Oak Tasmania CEO