AN ‘appeeling’ celebration of all things fruity in Redditch promises to get to the core of the community next month.
Apple Day returns to Headless Cross Green on Saturday, October 1, when apple lovers can buy single varieties of heritage apples, or have a go at pressing their very own apple juice.
Amateur cider makers are urged to bring along a bottle of their finest brew and enter the cider competition to be judged by an esteemed panel of tipple tasters, while those with a surplus of produce from their vegetable patches may find something more to their taste at the Harvest Share swap shop. A food bank collection for non-perishable food will also be in action.
The free event running from 11am to 3pm will feature a guest visit from Redditch Mayor Joe Baker, who will be unveiling some new orchard art by Steve Pound, at the Headless Cross Green community orchard, which was planted in 2010 with more than 20 fruit trees producing unique Worcestershire varieties.
In addition to the rare Doddin Apple, The Lord Hindlip, Madresfield Court, Rushock Pearmain and Pershore Purple are also grown in the orchard.
Liz Jennings, Chairman of Headless Cross Community Orchard, said: “We would like to invite everyone to come along to the ‘core’ of Headless Cross and soak up the community spirit on Apple Day.”
Live music from Hornymental, Alan Sheward and Joby Capper will be performed throughout the day, compered by local poet Spoz, and fun and games for the whole family, including a ‘Human Fruit Machine’ will be in full swing.
Local arts, crafts and community stalls will be open to browse and as well as apples an array of local barbecue, vegetarian and vegan food will be available.
• Visit the Headless Cross Green Facebook page or go to www.headlesscrossorchard.org.uk for more details.