Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
May 012012

Over the past year I have noticed a trend reported in newspapers in the British Isles – growing olive trees in England. I spent a lot of time in England in my teens and twenties and my memories are of cold, mist, damp, and more cold no matter the time of year. The memories and the current climate conditions are difficult to reconcile, but I think I am  finally managing.

Here are links to some articles I’ve read on the UK olive-growing phenomenon. It is fascinating to think of the opportunities.

Climate change brings tea, olives to UK
IOL’s Scitech

Climate change series: Focus on olives
Farming Futures

Couple become first growers to sell British olives commercially
Daily Mail Online

Raw Edible Plants

British olives anyone?

Royal Horticultural Society

May the sun shine through your branches.


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  1. Mary,

    I was delighted to see your post on twitter and your blog re. olives in England.

    We’ve been trialling six varieties over the past year (Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, Picholine, Arbequina and Pendolio) and just yesterday took delivery of 200 trees from Tuscany to plant up our grove in Kent.

    If you’d like to find out more our various contact details are below. Hope we can get in touch.



    m: (+44) (0)7446 805546

    twitter#: @huggitsfarm

    facebook: http://t.co/c7oxd5OF

    web: http://www.huggitsfarmolives.com

    • Neil,

      Thank you. I enjoyed reading your website and your Facebook page. The photos are great. My favorites are the olive trees draped in snow. I saw those photos after I read this quote from your website:

      “In fact,we hope Mother Nature throws the worst of her unpredictable British weather at them. Come the Spring, we’ll evaluate which have fared the best, and we will begin the process of planting-up the remainder of the site accordingly.”

      My hat is off to you.

      Best of luck,

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