With most Apple Day celebrations cancelled this year, we’re determined to honour the humble apple by other means!
We’ve got some fascinating audio interviews for your listening pleasure, as well as some stunning orchard wildlife photography, and the chance to win a signed copy of the book, Orchard: A Year in England’s Eden. Learn from some phenomenal experts in apples & orchard biodiversity and entertain your kids too!
Embracing UK apple varieties
Only 39% of the apples we eat in Britain are grown here. Globally-renowned pomologist, author and fruit historian, Joan Morgan, talks to us about the plight of the UK’s neglected apple varieties and inspires us with her passion for apple flavours, seasonality and diversity. Includes fascinating tips on which apple trees to grow!
Apples at Bedtime! – Story for kids
Read by Alys Fowler
Keep your little ones happy at bedtime with our free story, Mervyn Mouse and the Knobby Russet. Join Mervyn the mouse on his quest to plant a pip and get home to his orchard! Read aloud by our charity patron, Alys Fowler, our audio story for 5 – 9 year olds celebrates the wonderful world of apple varieties and their funny names.
‘Attenboroughs’ of the orchard
Naturalist & photographer, Nick Gates, on orchard wildlife
What happens when two naturalists discover one of the UK’s wildest orchards? Orchard: A Year in England’s Eden, is a richly evocative book revealing the lives of the creatures who share our apples and fruit trees. Co-author, Nick, reads passages from the book and shares stunning photographs of four incredible birds and beasts that you can look out for.
Win a signed copy of the book!
By Benedict Macdonald & Nicolas Gates
Vital reading for all nature-lovers, and especially orchardists. Delve into this remarkably poetic, insightful prose, and you’ll never see old dead wood, woodpeckers or windfall in the same way again! Through recounting the sounds and symbiotic relationships at play, Ben and Nick enable us to see the orchard from another perspective: that of its myriad (non-human) inhabitants. Watch the interview above and then enter our prize draw to win a signed copy!
Discover the National Fruit Collection
Read about the giant genetic fruit bank at Brogdale’s
Did you know that the UK’s National Fruit Collection hosts over 4,000 fruit varieties, all in one place? This is a treasure trove of an orchard indeed. Read about the contribution has made to international fruit growing knowledge and why it’s well worth a visit.
‘Virtual Apple Week’: Event Programme
Hosted by our orchard groups in Edinburgh
From 24th – 31st October, we’ll be co-hosting a Virtual Apple Week, in collaboration with The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and Friends of Saughton Park of Edinburgh. Activities include how to ID fruit, apple recipes, choosing rootstocks & trees, and a competition to create the longest apple peel! Events will be on Facebook Live and announced here.