We are launching a unique community-powered juice and craft cider enterprise. And we want you and your apples to be at its core!
This October we will be opening our brand new Orchard Project Cider House to create a unique blend of apple juice and cider, capturing London’s orchards in a drink.
We will take apples grown across the capital from back gardens, community projects and orchards, making use of fruit that might otherwise be wasted, to create an annual blend of real London juice and cider.
We’ll press all of the apples brought to us and create a hand crafted 2016 vintage, with 50% of the juice or cider given back to donors and the remaining 50% sold to support The Orchard Project’s charitable work supporting community orchards across the UK.
We want the cider and juice making to be open to volunteers, so you can see and learn about all the stages of production. So if you’ve ever fancied learning how to make juice or cider, sign up here to find out about our upcoming activities.
Unlike many other ciders you can buy, which taste the same each year, every year our flavours will depend on the varieties of donated apples as well as seasonal weather conditions, as sunshine creates a sweeter apple. Our supplies will also depend on how many apples we get, so the more donations we get, the longer we can all enjoy the vintage.
This is just one of the things we think is so fantastic about our plan. Each year us orchardists will be collaborating to produce a unique traditional cider and uniquely tasting fresh juice, that we can all then enjoy.
For the past 7 years, The Orchard Project has been the only charity focused solely on community orchards. We see that community orchards offer an inspiring and powerful way to bring communities together in a project that lasts for decades. And we have seen that community orchards enhance local green spaces, help wildlife thrive, enhance our own skills and knowledge and offer us all a source of fresh, healthy, local food.
You can join our truly community-powered craft juice and cider movement across London, in many different ways. You may have apples to donate or know of friends and family members with lots of ripening apples, you may want to join in on our harvesting and pressing days, or know of events and shops that will want to stock our unique and delicious cider and juices. There is definitely a role for everyone.
Cheers to that!
We’re lucky to be launching this project as part of our bigger “Celebration of Orchard” projects. That’s funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Postcode Local Trust, GLA and others and will also see us restore 30 of London’s lost orchards and build a programme of training to develop peoples orcharding skills.