The 4th Annual Comrie Apple Day had a record turnout. People came and went throughout the day but we think perhaps in the region of 150 visitors came.
The Orchard Working Group showed everyone the range of apples they grow at the Comrie Community Orchard and sold apple based homebaking. The visitors from Romania shared their special apple cake recipes. Fiona showed everyone how to keep bees, gave samples of her own honey and Claire made herbal teas. The Outdoor Playgroup and the Brownies had fun with the Amazing Mechanical Apple Peeler and other fun activities. And of course there was a core(!) group of choppers and juicers and bottlers who put a lot of volunteer labour to get the lovely apple juice out for sampling, assisted by the apple juice sellers.
And at the end of the day, still the apples kept coming. So a second apple day was needed to get through the work! It was all worth it though as the combined activities attracted donations of £440 which will go towards the upkeep of the Comrie Community Orchard. The Orchard Working Group is looking forward to spending some of it on essential items such as wheelbarrows with further spending planned for essential orchard maintenance and equipment for cider making. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part whether by organising in the run up to the event, getting involved on the day or helping to sell the apple juice afterwards.
Outside of Apple Day itself, the Arch Network’s Romanian visitors helped out by pruning apple trees around the village. Ionel got a brand new folding pruning knife as a present to take home. He was very pleased with it, and in fact all the guests expressed how much they had enjoyed the hospitality of the village. Some of the Orchard Group will be making a return visit next year to the apple growing regions in Romania and Slovenia.
The Orchard Group is open to anyone who wants to get involved. Maybe you have some fruit trees and would like to know how to look after them – come along to the monthly work days held on the first Sunday of the month and learn more about the various maintenance tasks. Maybe you’ve got a wealth of experience – come along and share your knowledge. Maybe you’ve never grown anything in your life! Why not start here amongst a friendly bunch of people who are happy to help you learn as you go along. Click here for more information on Comrie Community Orchard