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Newbury Apple Day has sweet taste of success




NEWBURY’s Apple Day went as sweet as pie as the sun shone and hundreds of locals turned out to press apples into juice.

On the town’s ninth Apple Day, families got stuck in to help turn the scratter – a machine to pre-chop apples – and squeeze the press to produce more than 50 litres of golden juice.

Late frosts and a cool start to the summer impacted this year’s apple harvest, meaning many trees had less fruit and smaller apples.

Apple Day in Newbury .Ashley Bates (8) with Simon Thompson, Blake Ludwig,and Neal Chadder.Ref: 41-0521. (52113772)
Apple Day in Newbury .Ashley Bates (8) with Simon Thompson, Blake Ludwig,and Neal Chadder.Ref: 41-0521. (52113772)

However, there was still plenty of fruit brought along for pressing – apples that would otherwise have gone to waste.

There was also home-baked apple cakes, scones and savouries for sale on the day which proved very popular, while an apple expert was on hand to help identify fruit brought along by gardeners curious about the variety of their tree.

The event is organised by volunteers Cainwen Lally, Helen Wright and Judith Cooper.

Apple Day in Newbury .Hannah Cooper and Alessandra Wilcox.Ref: 41-0521. (52113773)
Apple Day in Newbury .Hannah Cooper and Alessandra Wilcox.Ref: 41-0521. (52113773)

Mrs Lally said: “Luckily for us the sun shone and we got lots of apples from the local area.

“The event was excellent – pressing apples is always the favourite activity, children love to see that.

“The process starts at one end with an apple and then ends at the other with a glass of juice. Children don’t know that link.”

Mrs Lally continued: “It’s something we’ve been doing for a while because we’re aware food waste is one of the contributors to global warming.

Apple Day in Newbury. Judith Cooper, Ceinwen Lally and Helen Wright.Ref: 41-0521. (52113775)
Apple Day in Newbury. Judith Cooper, Ceinwen Lally and Helen Wright.Ref: 41-0521. (52113775)

“Small things like this that help to reduce food waste are a good idea.”

Saturday’s event was the first time in two years it was being held after last year’s was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newbury Apple Day also helps to put the town’s five community orchards on the map.

If you are interested in finding out more about these orchards go to www.growingnewburygreen.org.uk.

Newbury mayor Billy Drummond enjoying Apple Day. (52161004)
Newbury mayor Billy Drummond enjoying Apple Day. (52161004)


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