Apple Day provided hours of fun for kids and adults alike – from apple pressing, record attempts and apple bobbing, to kiddies’ apple sack racing and poem competitions - all washed down with a large portion of apple-based, mouth watering delights.
Incredible Edible Ramsbottom laid on a special event at Nuttall Park on Saturday the 16th of October, to celebrate National Apple Day and raise awareness for our community orchard. The day marked the culmination of seven months hard work and with fantastic support from local residents the day was a great success. For years, the apple harvest from a little orchard in Greenmount has been left discarded and swamped on the floor of this lovely patch of land. Years of neglect came to an end when the orchard was released from its tangled brambles and choking balsam by the IER team. The event made use of this harvest for the first time in a generation!
The apple press proved a huge success pumping out pints of pure apple juice throughout the afternoon, as apples from the orchard project were squeezed dry, along with residents home produced supplies, brought along for the day. With six different varieties of apples sourced from the Holly Mount orchard, there was real variety of tastes to please all ages. The interest generated by the apple press was a real plus for the group and anticipation for the next harvest is incredibly high.
Away from the grown ups having fun, there were plenty of activities for the younger ones – appealing to all ages. Painting, peeling and bobbing were all inundated with eager young volunteers. With peelers reaching up to 50 inches on the day, a valiant effort, but still way short of the world record of 172 feet! Some great artwork was created using the local apples, and the bobbing went down a storm – with the champion of the day getting a dunking fifteen times. There was also great support from the local Primary Schools, Peel Brow and Emmanuel Holcombe, who generated a plethora of fruit inspired poems and stories.
And what apple day could not go by without mention of the most famous apple of all – the apple that sparked modern day physics by inspiring Sir Isaac Newton. An apple from the famous tree’s lineage was raffled and the winner was ecstatic to win such a memento. She swiftly promised the pips, providing a new variety of apple for the orchard. The real winner from the whole event however, was the promise from many of those who attended, to volunteer their services in helping Incredible Edible to push on with the community work, bringing Ramsbottom grown produce to the whole town.
As the day drew to a close on a glorious sunlit evening, event organiser Lynn Leyland-Mather reflected on the event, “Fantastic! Let’s do it again - but bigger.” With enthusiasm like that Incredible Edible is sure to make many more new friends.