Our Farms

The head office, central packhouse & stores and main distribution hub is sited at Oakdene Farm, near Maidstone, Kent, providing the ideal location for imported fruit, well placed to facilitate the ongoing distribution of product to other parts of the UK and Ireland.

Farms are located in Mid and North West Kent. Partner growers and farms in our producer organisation are located across the UK.  This gives us the scale and ability to meet our customers requirements daily.

Why Chambers?

The scale of our operation and the volume of fruit grown will ensure that your order is safe with us. Whilst we enjoy an enviable heritage we have also invested heavily in our future to safeguard the sustainable development of our business.

As growers, all income is reinvested in to more efficient processes and producing better tasting fruits.

Our understanding of the consumers we serve, shape the investments we make to grow for the future.

Experts in berries

Since 2000, the UK has experienced a growth in the demand for berries and the expansion of the total area farmed to 400 hectares (1,000 acres) across 14 locations is in direct response to this trend, with Chambers now also working with a number of partner growers in the UK and overseas to service its customer’s requirements. Today, Chambers are one of the largest producers of fresh raspberry and blackberry in the UK and is also a leading player in the supply of blackcurrants, redcurrants, cherries, gooseberries, strawberries, blueberries and rhubarb. The ability to identify core varieties capable of delivering the maximum quality yield over the longest possible season plays a vital role in the business’ success, with Chambers investing in protected tunnel based production techniques for all products.

Our Fruit and Varieties

Chambers grows an extensive range of soft fruits and cherries and is particularly recognized for its heritage as market leaders in the year-round supply of quality raspberries and blackberries. As specialists in their field, the business has identified a broad selection of varieties which can be relied upon to deliver a consistent and high-quality crop that is synonymous with the Chambers brand.

Raspberries
Strawberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Blueberries
Red Currants
Gooseberry
Blackcurrants
Rhubarb

Growing for the future

Chambers is at the cutting edge of research into experimental new varieties destined for commercial production. Managing Director Tim Chambers is Chairman of The Rubus Breeding Consortium based at East Malling Research in Kent, a grower led consortium which seeks to produce new varieties of raspberries and blackberries which are not restricted by marketing agreements.

Cutting Edge Research

The Consortium includes: Spanish fruit producer organisation, Onubafruit; Australian producing group, Perfection Fresh and Swiss garden plant suppliers, Lubera; UK fruit producer WB Chambers and East Malling Services (EMS), the commercial division of East Malling Research (a major UK organisation renowned for horticulture research and especially well known for its ground-breaking research on fruit crops). The Consortium focuses on evolving improved and brand-new varieties capable of delivering the desired quality / yield of crop balanced with commercial viability and shelf life expectations. Following successful consumer taste panels, the Consortium released two new varieties in 2017, Bella and Charm.

The Management Team

Salih also works closely with Chambers’ partner growers in Spain, Morocco and Mexico enabling the business to achieve its impressive scale of commercial fruit production.

Silviya Vancheva

HR Manager

Gigi Mehmed

Product Manager

Employment

As a business, Chambers Farms employs 250 permanent staff, of which 200 work year-round on the farms, with a further 1,200 seasonal workers joining the team during the summer. The majority of seasonal workers enjoy an established relationship with Chambers, choosing to return on an annual basis.

Employees & Accommodation

Accommodation is provided for seasonal workers across five locations based on the largest farms with the group. Each accommodation centre provides transport for the workforce, both to and from the farms, as well as to essential shopping destinations. If you are interested in working with Chambers please email hr@wbchambers.co.uk.

I came to W.B.Chambers and Son in 2005 as a student with the seasonal agriculture workers scheme. My purpose was to raise enough money and experience to be able to successful compete my graduation and a career in Bulgaria, but the years that passed and the accumulated experiences contradicted my initials plans and I am here with my family from almost 12 years. When I first came to the farm total area was no more than 50 hectares. I have worked almost everything : picking, cutting, planting, building tunnels etc. From 2006 to 2008 I worked as an Irrigation assistant and from 2008 to 2015 as Irrigation manager. Years passed very quickly and during this years I had the opportunity to learn extremely many new things and I have accumulated knowledge and experience and I continue to learn every day. From 2015 until present I am part of production management.

Vasil Vasilev

I’m originally from a small town in southern Bulgaria. I studied at Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski in Bulgarian Philology, completing it in 2008. I enjoy studying and in 2017 I did a CIPD course at MidKent College in Human Resources. In the summer of 2003 I came to UK on a SAWS program and did practical work in picking strawberries and raspberries on Belks Farm. The same year I progressed to an assistant.  I came back again the next summer and kept working hard. In 2006, I was promoted to Harvest Manager. I feel appreciated and supported by all my colleagues and the farm management. I love my work and I always strive to do my best. I feel happy walking in the fields, organising the picking, dealing with people and all the aspects of my job. I am currently the Harvest Manager at Oakdene Farm.

Sevda Cholakova