The event – HOPS with Peter Darby from Wye Hops,
When – Tuesday 11th October at 7.30pm
Where – Vestry Hall, Marden
Dr Peter Darby is a hop researcher and the public figurehead behind Wye Hops Ltd.
Established in March 2007, Wye Hops Ltd is a subsidiary of the British Hop Association and is the vital research centre for the British Hop industry.
Funding for the project comes from the British Hop Association growers. Additional funding has been made available by IBD, SIBA, BBPA, East Malling Trust, Kent County Agricultural Society, Defra (the UK Government) and charitable trusts.
In 1962, hops in England were covering an area of approximately 8,200 ha. Since 1962, the area has declined and was stabilised to approximately 1,060 ha in 2007. This stability remains and since 2007 the UK crop has been about 1,000 ha. There are just over 50 British farmers growing British Hops in Great Britain today. The South-East counties of Kent, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex are where hops were first grown in the UK. They were shortly followed by the West Midlands, including the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and today about half of the British Hop production is grown by West Midlands-based farmers and half in the South East.