The heritage apple weekend took place over the weekend of 13-14 October 2012. Despite the adverse weather in the spring which significantly reduced the apple harvest, we still managed to put on a display of over 40 varieties of heritage apples. Many of these were kindly donated by local gardens and orchards, including a selection of apples from the Gloucestershire Orchard Group which demonstrated their valuable conservation work to preserve rare local varieties.
The event was supported by a display of Antique Garden Tools in the Orangery on both days, which was of great interest to our visitors. Some of the tools were clearly linked to our present day garden ones, but others needed an explanation and demonstration to highlight their historic value. We also had a table of pot-pourri, made of herbs harvested in the Kitchen Garden. On the Sunday a local fruit nurseryman provided a selection of apples for tasting, as well as fruit cultivation advice, and a choice of apples in containers for sale.
On Sunday we managed to fruit press a few of our Ashmead Kernel apples (a Gloucester heritage variety), and visitors enjoyed helping with the fruit pressing and sampling some of the delicious fresh apple juice. We also had a ‘Guess the Weight’ of the Giant Pumpkin competition, and this will still be available for anyone to have a go at during the Harvest Festival Week of school half term. The apple display will continue to be on show during this week in the Bothy.
The photographs below show some of the main features of our Heritage Apple Weekend.