LAZY FRIDAY: NATIONAL APPLE DAY

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Hands up anyone who can name an occasion in October that involves family fun and apples.

If you came up with an answer, chances are you plumped for Halloween, with its tradition of apple dunking – but we’re thinking of a completely different event – National Apple Day.

It may not get the publicity and major marketing that supermarkets now devote to October 31, but Apple Day is a much more worthwhile celebration … in honour of one of the few fruits happy to grow in our poor climate.

It takes place on Sunday October 21 and there are hundreds of events up and down the country throughout this month to celebrate apples, orchards and local distinctiveness.

To give you just a taster … this weekend you could take part in apple bobbing, apple peeling and children’s apple games and meet local food producers at Bromham Mill & Gallery in Bedfordshire while Devon is hosting a number of events including the Bere Apple Fest in Bere Ferrers (with children’s activities and the chance to learn about growing your own apples) and an Apple Day Festival in Torquay. (Of course, if you prefer your apples in a glass, you might prefer to check out one of the cider-tasting events 🙂)

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You can find out about events in your area, at : http://www.commonground.org.uk/appleday/a-events.html

but BE WARNED, some events may change or be cancelled so it’s important to double check dates and times.

Apple Day was first organised by charity Common Ground in 1990 to draw attention to the plight of our orchards. It gives everyone a chance to reverse the negative impacts of homogenisation and globalisation (as well as providing an opportunity to reinvent your relationship with nature).

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Apple Day is part of a wider campaign to conserve orchards and encourage new community orchards which provide a refuge for wildlife and help to keep Britain green.

In 2005, more than 70% of apples sold in Britain were imported – putting growers out of business and seeing orchards dug up (not to mention the increase in food miles and the impact on C02 emissions.) In fact, figures show that over half of British orchards have been lost since 1950.

To find out more about apples, orchards and their importance to nature, see here.

Susan

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