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Milestone celebration of apple-growing tradition
9:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
COR! (clockwise from top right): An ‘apple of apples’ in the orchard laid by people from Salters Hill was the highlight of the weekend, which included music, a tractor ride through the village of Much Marcle.
FARMS, orchards, cider mills and barns in the Much Marcle area opened for the Big Apple’s Harvestime, which celebrated its 25th anniversary at the weekend.
There was a good turnout of cider and perry lovers, despite a Sunday deluge. Trailer and tractor rides from Much Marcle Memorial Hall proved to be very popular on both Saturday and Sunday, and visitors had plenty to enjoy, from cider apple pressing at Woodredding Farm, Yatton, through to orchard walks at Westons, Much Marcle.
More than eight venues in Much Marcle took part, including St Bartholomew’s Church, which hosted a produce and plant sale.
Big Apple Association secretary Jackie Denman said: “We had a very good weekend – the good weather on Saturday brought out the crowds and even on Sunday we had a good flow of visitors.”
Farmer David Powell said: “It is marvellous to see so many people attending this event, which showcases the very best of our traditions of apples and cider making.”
The event didn’t only appeal to local people, with reindeer farmer Tilly Smith travelling down from the Cairngorms to be there.
Students from the Salters Hill centre in Ledbury, for adults with leaning difficulties, participated in a community arts project, along with members of the public.
They collected fallen apples to mark out the huge Big Chill emblem in the orchards. At Hellens Barn, Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw introduced their book Worlds Best Ciders: from Somerset to Seattle.
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