All the news from RHSO

15th April 2024


Teddy Bear Picnic.

Sunday 12th May 12 noon - 2pm.

Limited parking may be available in the Rivers Staff Car Park .

13th January 2024

Sheet music for wassail songs is now available here.

13th January 2024

Wassail lyrics available here.

10th October 2023

The Rivers Master Stocklist, a list of all cultivars stocked on the Rivers site, is now available in the archives.

10th October 2023

Apple day 2023 was a huge success. We have around 1100 bottles of apple juice, which will be available to buy at Full of Beans, Sawbridgeworth and at local events soon.

28th April 2023

We will be selling all varieties of our Rivers Orchard Apple Juice at Sawbridgeworth May Fair on Fair Green, Sawbridgeworth from 1200 to 1600, Sunday 30th April 2023.

28th April 2023

Our first Rivers Orchard Teddy Bear Picnic Day will take place in the Rivers Orchard on Sunday 14th May, 1200 to 1400. Bring your favourite Teddy, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy among our blossom-laden trees and clouds of bubbles! Our Apple Juice will be available for sale - £3 per bottle.

14th January 2023

A wet and muddy Wassail 2023 was very well attended with the usual tree blessing and singing.

6th January 2023

Wassail song lyrics have are now available on the website. Click here to find them.

24th September 2022

Apple Day 2022 was a huge success! We have over 1000 bottles of apple juice which will be available to sell soon. The apple crop this year was enormous - we probably only picked half of it!.

13th September 2022

There are only a few bottles of our 2021 mixed juice available to buy from Full of Beans in Sawbridgeworth.

13th September 2022

Elizabeth Waugh's book Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth is still available to buy.

13th September 2022

New pre-1900 Rivers Catalogues and pdf versions of The Orchard House and The Miniature Fruit Garden are available in the archives, thanks to Darren Turpin of Orchard Notes.

4th August 2022

Apple Day in 2022 has been moved to Saturday 24th September 10 - 3 owing to the change of weather.

1st November 2021

Our 2021 apple juice (Laxton and Mixed) is available to buy. Please see the "Sales" link above for more information.

13th December 2020
There are a few bottles of the 2019 mixed juice still available to buy. 2020 juice will be available shortly. We have sold out of our single variety juices.

19th October 2020
As CoViD restrictions look likely to last for some time, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold out annual Wassail this January. We will review this decision should the situation change.

19th October 2020
Our mixed apple juice is for sale at Full of Beans at £3 per bottle or £5 for two. Our Cox/Bramley juice is available for collection from Sawbridgeworth or local delivery for those isolating. Please email us for information. We will sell at local stalls where possible.

10th October 2020
Our intrepid volunteers braved the rain to collect this year's apple crop and we have an additional 629 bottles of mixed apple juice for sale.

21st June 2020
CoViD-19 update: Our mixed Apple Juice is for sale at Full of Beans in Sawbridgeworth. We are not selling at local events, but other varieties can be ordered from us by e-mail and collected from Sawbridgeworth or delivered within Sawbridgeworth for people who are isolating.

25th March 2020
A list of fruit varieties present in our orchard in now available.

22nd February 2020
Our earliest plum and apricot trees are now out in full blossom!

18th February 2020
The RHSO committee adopted a new management plan for the orchard.

18th February 2020
The RHSO committee was relected at the 2020 AGM.

9th February 2020
Selected historical Rivers Nursery catalogues are now available from the group's archives and a list of Rivers fruit varieties is available from the history page.

18th January 2020
Wassail 2020 was hugely sucessful. A local paper report can be found here.

10th October 2019
Apple Day was a huge success. Almost 1000 bottles of juice are available for sale.

20th September 2019
We have pressed some of the early apples into juice for the first time. This will be available for sale shortly. Some of our 2018 mixed apple juice is also available for sale.

25th January 2019
Our annual Wassail returned in 2019.

10th October 2018
Apple Day 2018 went (literally and metaphorically!) swimmingly!

10th June 2018
Elizabeth Waugh's book "Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth" is available buy again.

6th January 2018
The group reformed under a new constitution.