Rich Pickings at Apple Festival

A fruity weekend will be on offer at Reaseheath College in Nantwich as part of a national celebration of the English apple.

The free, two day festival on the weekend of October 17 and 18 will feature rare varieties from all over the country, some dating back to Roman times and some of more recent origin. Up to 100 different varieties will be on show.

Reaseheath horticultural expert Derek Jones will be on hand to identify apple varieties while Harry Delaney will answer queries on the production of apples and other fruits. He will also suggest answers to problems such as the control of pests and diseases and offer advice on selecting, growing and pruning fruit trees. Visitors can bring in fruit and foliage for identification and will also be able to taste a selection of Reaseheath produced apples and cheeses.

The festival, being held at Reaseheath for the 17th consecutive year, is aimed at encouraging gardeners to preserve the old varieties of apples and soft fruit by growing them in their own gardens. College experts are also offering to propagate old apple trees.

“The English apple is part of our national heritage and though some species have been lost forever, the festival gives us the chance to think about the huge number of varieties we have left and how we ought to preserve them.” Explained Harry Delaney.

Tours will be available around Reaseheath’s model fruit garden, which shows fruit trees on a variety of root stocks being grown under different systems.

On Saturday November 7th, Harry Delaney will present a demonstration of pruning and planting fruit trees at Reaseheath College from 10am and 12 noon.

Reaseheath Festival of Apples: October 17 / 18. 10am – 4pm. FREE entry. Ample car parking. Please use B5074 Worleston Road entrance. Contact: 01270 613211 or click on www.reaseheath.ac.uk

For more details of apple day celebrations across the UK see:
UK Celebrates Apple Day

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