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Brogdale Collections Charity Announce a New Fundraiser

Brogdale Collections are pleased to announce a new Charity Fundraiser; Paul Tomlinson who will be working on fundraising for a portfolio of new projects. The projects aim to enhance the visitor experience and learning opportunities here at Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection. Imminent projects include new materials and environmental areas to support KS1 & KS2 education days, new interpretation spaces within the orchards for daily tours and visitors along with the renovation of the weather station.

Paul comments “I am very excited about being the new Fundraising Manager for Brogdale Collections. I feel really inspired by the diversity of the work that the Charity engages in and I feel there is a lot of potential for fundraising to support its on-going development”.

About Paul

A little bit about me. Since leaving university with a LLB (hons) Law Degree, I entered the corporate world where for several years I worked on some very interesting sales and account management projects, I subsequently decided to transfer my skills into the charity sector and for the last 10 years I have worked in fundraising. It has been an amazing and really enjoyable journey and I have especially valued meeting so many outstanding people.

I have many interests which include reading, attending my local leisure club, visiting places of interest, I love football (Liverpool FC supporter), watching movies, and I enjoy all types of comedy and the A-Z of music. I really love life, including having fun. I believe fundraising should be FUN-raising and I am positive that it will be at Brogdale Collections. It is my hope that many new funders will support our work and provide for the security and development of the Charity for many more years to come.

About the Charity

Brogdale Collections was established as a charity to work with the curator chosen by DEFRA. Brogdale Collections has managed visitor access to the NFC in partnership with the University of Reading, since the start of their curation in 2008. The Charity offers a range of opportunities for the public to use the collections as an educational resource including Daily Guided Tours (April – November), Fruit Days, Festivals and Key Stage 1 & 2 Education Days.
Charity Number 1135678




Education for KS1 & KS2 schools is a vital part of the work completed here at Brogdale. Schools and clubs are offered a unique experience in the orchards through our range of modules that incorporate Science, Maths, Literature and creativity.

Guided Orchard Tours


Guided tours are run 3 times a day, 7 days a week throughout the Open Season offering visitors a great opportunity to learn all about the fruit in season and gain access to more varieties of fruit that anywhere else in the world.

Festivals & Events


We run annual fundraising festivals and events throughout the year which offer the public a unique chance to discover the National Fruit Collection like no other time of the year.