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Dunsden Community Orchard

  • Orchard news and some local apple days


    It's harvest time in the orchard. There's quite a reasonable crop, although some of the fruit are rather small. The medlar and quince have also cropped well. Nick Marks installed a fine looking arch to the village green this year. Grass cutting is behind schedule but should be completed shortly. You are welcome to help yourself to fruit.

    Now is a good time for a working party to clear around the trees, which are looking rather untidy. Would you be able to help out one Sunday afternoon towards the end of October?

    It's 25 years since the first Apple Day was launched by Common Ground to celebrate the glorious diversity of English Apples. There are many opportunities to enjoy a variety of apple themed events locally and some of them are detailed below. Dunsden Community Orchard held its own apple day a few years ago. Perhaps it's time we organised another?

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  • Apple day at MERL…



    It's Apple Day at the Museum of English Rural Life close to the hospital in Reading tomorrow, Saturday 20th October! Join us from 1 to 5pm for our annual celebration of the English apple! There's something for everyone, from a chance to see some beautiful apple-related archives from the University's Special Collections to family craft workshops, cider tasting to toffee apples.

     If you have any surplus apples on your trees this year, please bring them along and watch them being pressed into juice!

    For details, visit the MERL website http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl/whatson/merl-appleday.aspx


  • An apple a day...

    According to an article by Dr Max Pemberton in the Telegraph, apples contain more vitamin C than many supplements, as well as being packed with any number of other health promoting substances.

    "In a study conducted by Cornell University, it was found that in addition to vitamin C, apples contained many other chemicals, including the antioxidants flavonoids and polyphenols. This meant that eating a small apple gave a combined antioxidant effect equivalent to 1,500mg of vitamin C – a dose far higher than most supplements.

    "In addition, the apple was found to have anti-allergy, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties as a result of the presence of an array of other “phytochemicals”. This might be why a Cochrane review – an analysis of all the key research on a subject – found that even very high doses of supplementary vitamin C did nothing to prevent colds in the general population"

    More than enough reason to support your local community orchard!

  • Success at apple day



    Our Apple Day was a great success.

    More than 65 people of all sizes enjoyed the astonishingly good weather. We made a profit of over £50 on teas and cakes and everyone enjoyed (and even dared take part) in the dancing with WAT Dance, who meet at the Dunsden Hall.

    Andrew's Aunt Sally game was great fun and the apple bobbing organised by Phillip and Anita was a huge success with the children.

    A short AGM heard a report on the success of the last year, re-elected officers and passed a snall change to our consitution. Next year we hope to repeat the success and hope you will be there if you couldn't make it this time.

  • Please support our Apple Day, Sunday October 2

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    Everyone, and especially tree sponsors, is invited to this event. There will be cakes and home made preserves on sale (please bring your own to share) and tea will be served. Entry is free, although we will be inviting new members to sign up for the orchard. 'If wet in village hall'.

    WAT Dance will be performing a display of country dancing on the Village Green and will be inviting participants. Also don't miss the chance to have a go at the tradional pub game 'Aunt Sally'. Prizes will be offered for the best child apple bobber and you are invited to bring your own favourite (named) apples to display, so that we can all learn about the rich variety of traditional English apple growing.

    It should be a lot of fun.

    Please click here to download a PDF file which you can use to print off and display a copy of this poster.