Tony Redsell OBE &
Antony Rudgard Redsell
East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Challenger, Northdown, Bramling Cross, Cascade
The Redsell family have been farming in Kent since the mid 19th Century and since 1938 at Parsonage Farm, Boughton under Blean. We now farm 2,500 acres of which 125 are under hops including East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Challenger, Northdown, Bramling Cross and we have grown the American variety Cascade since 2002.
The world renowned East Kent Golding now has “Protected Designation of Origin” status. First selected from the Canterbury Whitebine by a Mr Golding in 1790, it has several clones named after the village in which it was first grown e.g. Bramling or Eastwell or the grower who selected it such as Cobb.
The farms include land at Reculver and Thanet, crops grown include wheat, barley, oats, oil seeds, peas and onions.
The soils range from brick earth at Boughton to sandy loam and clay at Reculver and Thanet Beds over chalk in Thanet.
There is a regular staff of eight, including several who represent the third generation of their family working on the farm.
Tony Redsell’s first hop harvest was in 1948 and he took over the management of the farm in 1960 following the death of the late Mr Tom Redsell.
Antony Rudgard-Redsell, grandson of Tony, joined the business in 2015 becoming the 6th generation of hop growers in the family.