Celebrating the humble apple orchard

Ruth Ainsworth from Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) discusses the body’s upcoming Apple Day celebrations.

arnside and silverdale AONB The first Apple Day was held in Covent Garden in  1990. It was created by a group called ‘Common  Ground’ that  wanted to celebrate the full range of  local food, especially apples, rather than the narrow  variety sold in supermarkets. The group believed that  the strains grown naturally in an area help to make  the community and the landscape special, and that  local varieties and the ancient orchards they grow in  should be cared for and enjoyed by the whole community.

Arnside & Silverdale AONB will be hosting Apple Day celebrations on Saturday 3rd October from 10am-4pm at the Orchard at the top of Briery Bank in Arnside.

There will be lots of traditional orchard-themed games and activities for the whole family.

Children will be able to bob for apples; make a magic potion; create a hedgehogitat (hedgehog habitat) or felt apples; or prepare for Hallowe’en by making a broomstick using traditional local coppiced materials!

The whole family can enjoy a guided walk around the 250 year-old Westmorland orchard. Experts will be on hand to talk about the bees, birds and mini-beasts that live in our orchards. If you are unsure of the apple variety growing in your garden, you can bring three or four apples and a sprig of leaves to our identification table.

There will be demonstrations of wood-turning, traditional blacksmithing and woodland crafts. Delicious local orchard-produce will also be available to taste and buy, including cakes, sweet and savoury pies, chutneys and lots, lots more!

Why not enter the inaugural Apple Day Bake-Off? There will be three orchard-themed categories to enter: pies, cakes and, for the children, decorated cupcakes. Entries will be judged on appearance and taste by our very own ‘Mary Berry’: respected WI cake judge Dorrie Galbraith. Fantastic prizes will be on offer, including vouchers and cookery books generously donated by Lakeland. Bring your entry to Apple Day by 1pm, give it a title and write your name and phone number on the back. Children’s entries should have their age next to the title. Entries can be collected between 3pm and 4pm and uncollected entries will be donated to Lancaster and District Homeless Action.

Why not make a day of it and bring the whole family? Apple Day is a ten minute walk from Arnside railway station – a relaxing and scenic twenty minute train ride from Lancaster.

For more information visit: s.coop/1wup9

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