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Rivers Heritage

Apple Day 2018

Saturday October 6th 2018

Report by Rob

A wet, but successful Apple Day

A relatively poor apple crop (attributed, in part, to a late frost affecting much of the blossom) and a poor weather forecast threatened to affect our main annual event. However, despite being overcast in the morning, we had a good turnout of the public. Ably assited by the excellent work of the Sawbridgeworth Scouts and our regular volunteers, their hard work meant that we were able to pick all our apple crop but lunchtime, when the heavy rain started! With everything picked, we were able to pack up early and send the apples for juicing.

As previously, the volunteers' apple cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats went down well on our refreshment stall. Attendees were treated to apple tasting guidance and traditional juicing demonstrations. Peter Laws from the Fruit ID project of the East of England Apples and Orchard Project joined us again to help locals identify their fruits and Sawbridgeworth Honey sold delightful their honey and beeswax products. The history of the nursery was on display for all to read at their leisure.

Despite the set-backs from Mother Nature, the event passed successfully resulting in 487 bottles of apple juice for sale over the coming year. Much of this was down to the hard work of our volunteers both in planning the event and running it on the day. Many thanks to Adrienne, Keith, Dave, Hazel, Eric, Ruth, Rob, Barrie, Eugene, Nikkie, Geoff, Elizabeth and Elisabeth for your fantastic commitment!

A report about Apple Day 2016 can be found here.