Traditional orchards are in danger of disappearing with serious consequences for wildlife warns environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project.  So to celebrate the variety of Gloucestershire fruit the charity is organising an Apple Day at Holywell Orchard in Cam.

Project officer Richard Lewis said: ”Orchards in England have declined by almost 60 per cent in the last 50 years. According to the records in 1839 there were 99 orchards in Cam and now there are only three. This means we are losing many unique tastes and flavours that are special to Gloucestershire.

 

“Apple Day plays a part in raising awareness not only of the importance of orchards to our landscape and culture, but to the growing interest in locality and in the traceability of food.  As orchards are lost so are important habitats for our wildlife such as the green woodpecker and the noble chafer beetle. And traditional orchards also provide sources of pollen and nectar for bees.“

On offer at the event which runs from 1- 4 pm on Saturday 17 October will be apple juicing, apple tasting and creating the longest apple peel. Local people are asked to bring along their own apples and plastic bottles to make their own juice and apple peelers.

“You do not have to own an orchard to do something positive - attending an apple day is a fun way to find out more about orchards,” said Richard. “ You could even plant your own apple tree using a local variety and bring the apples along for juicing. This year we have bought our own juicer which people can hire out.”

Additional Information on Orchards from our Press Release

  1. Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground.  From the start, it was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing – not simply in apples, but richness and diversity of landscape, place, ecology and culture too.. See www.commonground.org.uk for Apple Day events and www.england-in-particular.info for county by county information on orchards and their produce.
  2. A traditional orchard is defined as having at least five fruit trees. The trees are widely spaced and allowed to reach a veteran-hollowed and gnarled-stage. They are subject to low intensity management with few or no chemical inputs and they’re often grazed by animals such as sheep or cut for hay. Though they are relatively small in area traditional orchards are important for a wide range of species.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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