|Photo from SVP|
SVP Biodiversity Officer Ivi Szaboova said: "We didn't let the apple shortage put us off celebrating our rich apple heritage. People loved trying different kinds of Gloucestershire apples, comparing tastes to help choose varieties for their gardens, as well as tasting apple juice fresh out of the press. We had requests for seconds and thirds, with comments about complex, refreshing flavours not ever found in shop-bought juice, and teenagers swapping fizzy drinks for apple juice."
"The apples came from Day's Cottage fantastic traditional orchard, full of heritage varieties grown without chemicals, and we used this opportunity to educate people about food miles as well as the importance of wildlife gardening. Advice on attracting bees, solitary bees and bumble bees into urban gardens was much appreciated as people were shocked by this year's abysmal harvest, and shared story after story of just a handful apples (or none!) on their usually prolific trees. This appalling harvest possibly opened our eyes to the significance of pollinators, without which we'd struggle to feed ourselves - about a third of our food depends on pollination - as well as reminding us not to take the usual abundance of apples for granted."
See also film here from earlier this year re Horsley orchard.