About Us

Here at Artistraw we, Tom and Lydia, are passionate about making natural cider (no added sugar, water or sulphites- just apples). We hand pick our fruit from unsprayed, low intensity traditional standard orchards in the local area. This guarantees juice suitable for the attenuated fermentation technique we practice (not to mention being very beneficial to biodiversity and entirely aligned with our own permaculture principles).

Located in the Welsh Marches, just outside the beautiful town of books Hay-on-Wye, we enjoy access to some of the most beautiful orchards in the country. We are currently planting a 2.5 acre orchard just next to our cidery, which is gradually filling up with rare and interesting apple and perry pear varieties. Each tree has been grafted by ourselves, making what will eventually be, a very special orchard

Fairly new to farming, though not cider making, Tom splits his time between cider and photovoltaic device research, whilst  Lydia (@sow_sew_and_grow)  also has a career in the theatre costume industry. We are both committed environmentalists and apply this mindset to every aspect of cider making, from the creation of habitat in the orchard right down to the natural glue we invented to hand stick our recycled paper bottle labels!

Keep an eye out for upcoming tours and talks (once restrictions lift) and do get in touch if you are interested in accessing scion wood for your own grafting experiments.

Community wassail in our 'Artistraw Orchard' January 2020

Tom grafting the first of our trees, 2017

Lydia, scything around young trees in the orchard.