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Apple day shows off our fruity heritage
COLWALL Orchard Group celebrated the village’s fruity heritage on Saturday with a special apple day.
The aim of the event was to raise the profile of the orchards around the village and highlight the apples they produce and the juice and cider made from them.
Helen Stace of the group said the day had been a great success, despite poor weather.
She said: “The rain circled the cricket ground, but left us mainly dry throughout the proceedings, so the Appleyard Dancers were able to start the festivities and danced several sessions, drawing in the audience to join the dancing.
“Lots of people brought in apples to juice, including some large batches of single varieties so we were able to press some single-variety juices, which were delicious.
“John Edgeley, our expert apple identifier, worked with our apprentice Tim Dixon to identify apples from Colwall orchards and gardens. We found five new apples for the village, taking our total to 150, a legacy of the amazing Victorian fruit enterprise.”
Other attractions included cakes and biscuits provided by volunteers, children’s apple games, green-man mask making and preserves and juices for sale.
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