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United Kingdom Orchards - Cheshire
Howarth's of Eddisbury Fruit Farm
PYO apples, pears, damsons and plums; make own Cheshire Apple Juice and Cheshire Cider
The Orchard at Briarfields
Phone: 01270 780828
Open: by appointment only
Directions: on A530, 5 miles south of Nantwich
Description: Private collection of over 400 traditional varieties of apple. Small nursery selling apple trees (winter months only). Orchard restoration and planting consultancy. Training days.
Apples: Over 400 different varieties of traditional varieties from UK covering over 800 years of fruit growing
Other Fruit: Pears, plums, quine, medlar, damson, apricot, peach, nectarine, cherry, berries, vines.
Willington Fruit Farm
Chapel Lane, Willington, Tarporley, Cheshire
Telephone: +44(0)1829 751216
15 varieties of apple from September to January
by James Crowden
In Cumbria, at Acorn Bank, they dance the apple
from the walled garden,
Pipped to the post, The Lemon Square or across the Pennines
Orchard House, Cragside, National Trust, Northumberland.
At Walbottle Community Orchard, Tyne and Wear,
Longest peel in Geordieland, treasure hunt and chocolate apples,
At the Riverside Country Park, Newburn. Hornsea Herring at
Then in Yorkshire, at Nunnington Hall, old
Ryedale varieties, and recipes
At Benningbrough to delight, at Harrogate, Botanical Gardens beckon,
Ampleforth and Hawes Apple Antics. Tree stories at the Dales Museum.
In Derbyshire, at Swadlincote Town Hall, Apple
Games and Customs
Anything to declare? at Polegate, Milly the Maggot, Chesterfield
Tapton Lock, Calke Abbey and Scarthin Books, a pressing engagement.
And then the next bit, around
the core of England If you like:
In Leicester, out of the Ark, apples identified
two by two, and tea rooms
At Donnington-le-Heath Manor House, and then at Shakerstone, replanted
The long awaited Return of the Shakerstone apple, Dumelow Seedling.
Next take Hereford, Home of Bulmers and the
Cider Museum, Redstreak
Morris dancing on tap, followed by The Big Apple, Much Marcle,
The Apple Fair, Croft Castle, Leominster, Agenda 21 in Hightown.
In Shropshire Attingham Park and traditional
skills in Lingen churchyard,
Ryton Organic, @ Coventry dot Shakespeare dot Countryside Museum
Dot pip dot peel dot Ilmington village Warwickshire Apple Map.
Next is Oxfordshire, Thamed and marketed, spit
roast, dripping with apples,
Or Wolvercote, not far from town, and Waterperry, or Sulgrave
Near Banbury, cookery with Sophie Grigson, over 200 varieties,
Last year they found a Tun apple, next
to Lord Derby, and a little yellow
Jenneting, while in Abingdon at the Brownies tasting, Egremont
Won hands down and Blenheim Orange tied with Orleans
And then in the east
of the country on the right hand side
In Lincolnshire, the Life Museum in Lincoln
and at Woolsthorpe Manor,
Sir Isaac Newton himself, demonstrating the gravity of the situation
With juggling and jollification at Waddingham Brandy Wharf Cider
Cambridge, learning by degrees in the Botanical Gardens, Bateman
Or else there's Anglesey Abbey, Lode's of fun and Bressingham,
In King's Lynn, Norfolk, Quintessentially Quince an evening dining
In Essex, Crapes Fruit Farm, near Colchester,
again 200 varieties,
Further south, across the Thames, in Kent, Brogdale Horticultural
William Tell performing in Cobtree, Maidstone, Crossbow, Strongbow.
As well as Perry Court Farm, Ashford, Eynsford
Village Hall and
No Man's Community Orchard, Chartham Hatch inter parish tug-of-war.
Or Pippins Farm, Pembury and High Elms Nature Centre, Farnborough.
Then there's Wisley, RHS, experts in all fields,
Geography and Chronology
Guided walks, through the ages, top and bottom fruit, pruned to
Or else in Richmond, 'Apple Carte' on the menu, 11 Hill Rise Chez
Or if perchance you are in the smoke, Borough
Food a plenty, players a plenty, storytelling The Lion's Part
Or else the Pride of Lee, Three Mills at Bromley-by-Bow E3 a boat
In Hertfordshire, Tewin Orchard, Welwyn and
the Chapel, Shenley Park,
The Church House, Sawbridgeworth and Royston WI.
Clog dancing in St Albans, Pick Yer Own at Iver Heath
And now the turn of the South
The apple stored, laid in pies, dried, bottled,
squeezed and pressed,
The juice unshackled, runs for home, acres of barrels, the farms
With Harry Masters, Kingston Black, Dabinett, and Stoke
Or if in Somerset try Charlton Orchards, Creech
Barrington Court and Montacute House, Glastonbury Rural Life
Muchelney Abbey readings and music, book launch as well
The home of Somerset cider brandy, aperitif
and Burrow Hill,
Another story maturing nicely Yarlington Mill and Porter's
Farmer's market Bristol, North Perrott and Wrington.
In Dorset at Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, they
quiz the Folklore
There's Elwell Fruit, Bridport, and Kingston Maurward, Dorchester
Where you can ask the difference between Queen Anne and
Summer Stibber Sops in Wine, Lord Suffolk
and Greasy Pippin,
In Devon it's Killerton House and Rosemoor Garden, Great Torrington
Knightshayes near Tiverton and Eggesford near Chulmleigh
In Cornwall, Cothele, most lovely of houses,
wind chimes in the orchard,
And in Probus Gardens, Truro, a rich display of old varieties
Cornish Gilliflower, Poorman's Profit, Squires Codlin, Gennet
And if perchance a Celtic flavour
is what you're after
Try Erddig, nr Wrexham, Clwyd, or Llancaich
Or the Town Council Chamber, Abergavenny 'Food from the Welsh
The Ynys Hywell Centre, Cwmfelinfach, or if in, Ireland
Try Conservation at Rossinver, Co Leitrim or
Ballance House, Glenavy,
Or Palace Stables Armagh, Ardress House, Annaghmore
In Scotland, Kellie Castle, Pittenweem and Priorwood Gardens,
And there you have it, the
choice is yours.
So find a place on Apple Day
wherever you maybe and see what you can do
To help the orchards stay alive
Apples have a right to thrive
© James Crowden for Common Ground 1999
used with permission
Apple Day is an annual celebration of apple, orchards and local distinctiveness, initiated by Common Ground in 1990, it has been celebrated each year by people organising their own local events.
In 2000 Common Ground is linking with The Guild of St George to celebrate the centenary of John Ruskin with The Big Draw, this encourages people to take part in drawing activities and many Apple Day events are incorporating a drawing element into their celebrations.
Common Ground are also aiming to organise a national Longest Peel competition with the results of local events being entered into a national championship.