Apple Day is about celebrating the local apple harvest and
preserving all the many varieties of apple we have in this country. It’s a way
of raising the issue of diversity in local produce of other kinds too. Common
Ground started it over 20 years ago and now
there are events all over the country (even in soap opera, deep in rural Ambridge!)
The big problem this year was laying hands on enough apples to
celebrate with but we got there in the end - and so many IEPAD supporters made chutney and baked cakes that we had even more produce than last year.
Then on the day the sun shone out of a clear blue sky!
Amazing! It made Philips Park a wonderful venue for families wanting a good day
out without all the usual commercial pressures.
Bury rangers turned out with their gazebos and ran the apple
press and apple bobbing, while IEPAD regulars as well as our non-gardening
supporters served food & drink and organised the other children’s
There were refreshments in the barn, freshly made apple
pancakes, hot soup (we’re hoping to get the soup recipes on the website soon,
they were so popular) and toffee apples & hot spiced apple punch from the beautifully
decorated Prestwich WI stall.
The children had a lot of fun apple printing, apple bobbing
and competing in the longest apple peel contest. We even had a little local wildlife turning up under the printing table (find the photo). Then at the end of the afternoon a new apple tree was planted.
Apart from the pre-baked cakes, jam & chutneys we didn’t
set a charge, we simply welcomed donations. Thanks to the hard work of all our
helpers and the generosity of our visitors we raised a fantastic (and much
needed) £600 for IEPAD funds!
So, grateful thanks to all for making it such an enjoyable
and successful event. Here’s to next
Lots of photos here.
If you’d like one, contact us and we can email you a higher resolution copy.