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Fruit-lovers flock to Stamford Apple Day

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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More than 1,300 fruit-lovers attended this year's hugely-successful Stamford Apple Day.

The family event, now in its ninth year, is organised by Stamford Community Orchard Group and was held at the town's arts' centre.

Max Winslow, group chairman, said the highlight for both children and adults was the opportunity to try their hand at traditional apple pressing.

This was only possible thanks to people who had brought along their windfalls - many having responded to the stamfordpeople appeal.

Mr Winslow said: "The day went very well.

"The main thing is that it was such a success despite the fact that we were desperate for apples before the event.

"Everyone enjoyed it and people I have seen since have said they thought it was a great day."

Experts from the East of England Apples and Orchards Project were on-hand to identify apples brought in by visitors, many of which were taken away for further investigation. The project also exhibited scores of apples, including several local varieties like Peasgood Nonsuch and Barnack Beauty.

An Isaac Newton-themed stall, with science experiments, created a lot of interest as did the advice on growing and looking after apple trees offered by Stamford Community Orchard Group members.

There were also a number of other attractions including games, a tombola and stalls, many of them selling apple-related gifts and produce.

The group celebrates its 10th anniversary next year and Mr Winslow said he hoped that the show's 'success and growth' will continue.

Stamford Community Orchard Group is a registered charity. Its aims are to preserve the old orchards that still exist in the town, establish new orchards and rediscover old apple varieties. The group has planted and manages a community orchard, at the end of Christ Church Close, and has an exciting new site on Uffington Road where members are busy planting different varieties of fruit trees.

For more details about the group visit www.scog-web.org.uk

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