The business was established by our grandfather, Arthur Conference Goatham whose great passion was for fruit.
He would take immense pride and care in hand selecting fruit, just as we do today. He was a true pioneer of his generation, but It was the vision of his son Clive who has changed the shape of Goatham's as we know it today. Clive has extensively grown the business and continued the tradition of carefully cultivated, long-term partner relationships.
Goatham’s reputation has grown steadily to be a guarantee of quality, built on attention to the smallest detail. Our business is underpinned by the vision of building sustainable partnerships.
Clive grew up in orchards, learning the art and skills of fruit-growing and the value of long-term planning. He had the vision to buy the family’s first farm in 1980 and to start growing their own fruit. Commercial orchards typically take several years to reach maturity and have a lifespan of about 20 years and our investment in new orchard planting is based on taking a long-term view on our considerable investment.
The traditions and values of father and son are passed onto future generations. Cold winters and glorious summers spent on the fringes of the orchards, learning as 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.
We have been able to grow our farming business to enable us to compete globally and to provide quality British fruit by ploughing our profits back into the business. We aim to provide a sustainable source of delicious British apples and pears to the British public for 12 months of the year and we continue to innovate, growing delicious new varieties.
Technology plays a key role in our business and we are working to find ways to use the most modern, effective and efficient methods to enable us to grow, pick, store, pack and deliver quality British fruit.