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Glasgow Apple Sunday Celebration of Clyde Heritage Fruit

Scotland’s heritage apple varieties will be ripe for tasting at this year’s Apple Day celebration on Sunday 22nd October (12-5pm) at Townhead Village Hall & Orchard, Glasgow, a hidden gem in the centre of the city.

One of a number of Apple Day events supported by Helping Britain Blossom across Glasgow and surrounding areas, the Townhead Village Hall event will showcase traditional Clyde Valley varieties such as Clydeside, Cambusnethan Pippin and Scotch Bridget which are no longer widely available in supermarkets and food outlets in the city.

The Clyde Valley was traditionally an apple growing area of Glasgow until as recently as the 1950s. Unfortunately, these traditional orchards couldn’t compete with cheaper imports and new growing techniques that would provide the consistency demanded by supermarkets, and many Scottish orchards were grubbed up or built upon.

Explains Fergus Walker, Helping Britain Blossom’s Glasgow Project Manager: “Scotland has a rich heritage of apple growing and some fantastic varieties not commonly found in mainstream supermarkets. This event is a great opportunity to get people learning about them and enjoying tasting them.

“But community orchards have so much more to offer as well, environmentally and socially, which is why Helping Britain Blossom is sharing their magic across the UK by helping local people create, restore and access orchards.”

The family-friendly Apple Day celebrations of activity, fun and skill-sharing at Townhead Village Hall & Orchard will include:

· Apple-themed Sunday lunch made by the Project Café

· Apple pressing with locally sourced fruit – plus bring your own apples

· Talks by orchard experts about community fruit growing

· Heritage apple variety tasting

· Make your own chutney

· Longest peel competition

All events are free but it is recommended to book the apple-themed Sunday lunch in advance by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-apple-sunday-tickets-37754768529

Other Apple Day Celebrations taking place across Glasgow include:

· Sat 7 Oct – Autumn Open Day – Alexandra Park Food Forest – an afternoon of family activities including scavenger hunt, apple dooking, bird and wildlife ID. Plus help label the trees and design a Food Forest sign

· Sun 8 Oct – Harvest Market – North Kelvin Meadow and the Children’s Wood – crafts, storytelling, apple pressing and foraging

· Sat 21 Oct – Apple Day – Glasgow Botanics – A Celebration of the many apple varieties which grow in Glasgow

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