Apple Day at Swaffham

Family Action charity's Deirdre Delorme (left) and project co-ordinator, Katy Fullilove, with apple enthusiast Bob Lever MLNF14PB10245 ANL-141013-120206001
Family Action charity's Deirdre Delorme (left) and project co-ordinator, Katy Fullilove, with apple enthusiast Bob Lever MLNF14PB10245 ANL-141013-120206001
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There were apples galore on show at Swaffham Community Orchard on Friday when the fruit was celebrated in all its glory.

Three years ago, 150 heritage trees were planted at the Orchard on the Tumbler Hill allotment site.

Oliver Brunton with a real apple and one he fashioned from apple wood (MLNF14PB10246 ANL-141013-123332001

Oliver Brunton with a real apple and one he fashioned from apple wood (MLNF14PB10246 ANL-141013-123332001

The Apple Day celebrated not only with two-year-old apple, but also cherry, pear and plum varieties.

There was fresh-pressed apple juice to taste, and apples figured in cakes, pasties and a vegetable tangine, while apple enthusiast, Bob Lever, was on hand to identify visitors’ own apples.

Wood-turner, Oliver Brunton, produced apples from green apple wood on a manually operated pole lathe.

The day was organised by the Family Action charity who took over responsibility for the orchard at the beginning of the year with help from the Heritage Lottery.

The charity’s operational manager, Deirdre Delorme, said, “It’s gone really well. We’ve had a mix of those involved in the project and people from the local community.”

Project co-ordinator, Katy Fullilove, said the aim was to get the local community more involved with the orchard.

“Some visitors were surprised at the diversity of flavour and the wide variety of apples we had on display,” she said.

“We’re are always looking for more volunteers to help us manage the orchard. Learning about heritage fruit and traditional skills can be quite fascinating.”