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Harvest hopes for community orchard

Redditch Editorial 26th Feb, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

GREEN-FINGERED residents took part in an ancient tradition at Alcester’s community orchard.

More than 30 adults and children turned up to the wassailing event at the Jubilee Centre on St Faith’s Road last Saturday (February 21).

The centuries old tradition sees people sing and soak bread in cider to promote a good harvest.

An expert from Natural England was also on hand to teach people how to correctly prune the trees, while participants also tucked into mulled cider and insect themed cakes.

The day was organised by members of the town council’s environment sub-committee.

Councillor Nina Knapman said the day was a great success and she hoped next year would be bigger and better.

Alcester Mayor Yvonne Hine and Coun Nina Knapman ap-peal to the trees for a fruitful harvest. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0915010MMR

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