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Newground celebrates Apple Day at Offshoots!

Apple Day is a British annual celebration of apples and orchards, held in October. Apple Day was initiated by the charity Common Ground on 21 October 1990.

The first Apple Day celebrations, in the old Apple Market in London’s Covent Garden, brought fruit to the market after 16 years’ absence. Thousands of people attended.  Common Ground’s intention was to spread the idea far and wide, encouraging people to celebrate Apple Day for themselves in their own city, village, parish, allotment or garden orchard throughout the UK. Common Ground describe the day as a way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality.

And so the tradition of Apple Day began. Over the next few years, the number of events being organised around the country grew from more than 60 in 1991 to 300 by 1997 and over 600 in 1999, some attracting thousands of people.

Apple Day has played a part in raising awareness not only of the importance of orchards to our landscape and culture, but also in the provenance and traceability of food. It has been one of the motivations behind the developing network of farmers’ markets and is helping people everywhere to discover they are not alone in valuing the links between food and the land, between natural resource use and the impact we have on nature. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild life they support.

This year our Apple Day celebrations took place on Saturday 13th October.  Despite the strong wind and heavy rain, over 30 people attended throughout the day.  They all took part in picking, pressing, eating and drinking apples.  There were also apple chutney and apple muffins to try.  People could find out more on the history of apples by following a trail around the site.

We still have some apples and will be open for more juicing on Friday 26th October in the afternoon.  Bring a bottle to take some home.

 

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We have had a bumper crop of apples at the Offshoots garden this year. In Britain, the cool nights, combined with high sunshine levels at key times of the season, have benefitted both colour and flavour, leading to what English Apples & Pears (EAP) says will be the tastiest British apples this century so far.
Suzanne Walton