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Dunsden Community Orchard

  • Orchard Open Day: June 3rd

    As part of the Chelsea Fringe community garden festival, the community orchard is holding an open day from 2pm on Saturday June 3rd.

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  • Support Dunsden Village hall

    Dunsden Village Hall is in with a chance of winning a £25,000 grant for a new kitchen. All it needs is a few dozen people to vote online by the end of November. Will you help?

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  • 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!