Grove Heritage Nursery
Preserving Australia’s largest collection of ‘heritage’ apple trees, while improving the lives of Tasmanian’s 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.
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 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 stone fruit, 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.
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.