The business was established by our grandfather, Arthur Conference Goatham.
Arthur's great passion was the British countryside. He would take immense pride and care in hand selecting fruit, just as we do today. He was a true pioneer of his generation, extensively growing the business through carefully cultivated long term partner relationships.
Goatham's reputation grew steadily on a guarantee of quality, built on attention to the smallest detail and the business itself expanded underpinned by the vision of sustainable partnerships.
Arthur's son Clive grew up in the Goatham's orchards, learning the art and skills of fruit-growing and the value of long-term planning from his father. Orchards take twenty years to reach maturity and our thinking and planning is based on taking an extraordinarily long term view.
The traditions and values of father and son were passed to Grandson Ross whose earliest memories were of riding on his daddy's shoulders amongst the apple trees. Cold winters and glorious summers spent on the fringes of the orchard while his father toiled, and Goatham's flourished.
Our apples and pears soon came to the attention of the biggest UK retailers, keen to acquire the best of British. Demand grew driven by the exceptional fruit and the business responded accordingly, extending the Goatham's family to our current size, growing apples and pears across 2,830 acres of orchards.
Over the generations, everything that we have taken out of the soil, we have put back. This was Arthur's lasting vision and legacy. Goatham's has always been sustained and invigorated by ploughing the proceeds of our success back into the orchards. Long before sustainable farming became a catchphrase, we were looking for innovative ways to guarantee the long term health of our soils and business.
Invariably along this journey, we have embraced technology, but we are adamant that technology should only ever be employed to serve our quest for growing quality.