The orchard team at AC Goatham & Son, however, have much to do. November is the time to start planting new trees. This winter, they will be planting around 320,000 new fruit trees in Kent, taking the total planted over the last seven years to well over 1.5 million.
Their 25 farms currently cover an area equal to 11 Bluewater Shopping centres - including all of the car parks - or 1,698 football pitches.
And if you include all the miles of native trees Goatham’s plant for hedging around their orchard boundaries and inside for windbreaks each year, then it is little wonder that they are one of the largest tree planters in the UK and the biggest in the county. The new commercial orchards have the objective to grow as much quality fruit as possible and have a lifespan of around 20 years.