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Birmingham QE Hospital celebrating their first Apple Day

Birmingham’s QE Hospital is set for an “a-peeling” event at its first ever “Apple Day” this October, during half term.

Celebrating the humble apple, this free event will feature entertainment and an abundance of apple-related activities for the family, including apple juicing, competitions and an orchard trail around the hospital’s 100+ fruit trees.

Happening on Wednesday 25th October, it will be held near the Main Entrance to QEHB, alongside the regular Farmers Market. The event runs from 9am until 3pm.

Visitors will have a chance to discover over 100 fruit trees in the hospital grounds and to even help name the orchards. Families can help build a bee-hotel, play games and sample heritage apple varieties. You can pedal to make your own drink on the Bicycle Smoothie Maker, or have a go at the longest peel competition. There will be a covered seating area, so families are welcome to bring a picnic.

Planted in 2015, by a group of volunteers and hospital staff, the QE hospital hosts one of ten community orchards across Birmingham planted as part of the ‘Helping Britain Blossom’ initiative, led by national charity The Orchard Project.

The Orchard Project’s Alistair Waugh, based at QEHB, said,

“We believe that orchards are a powerful way to bring people together to create green spaces and build healthier, happier and more sustainable communities. There’s something magical about fruit trees. Our vision is to share the magic of orchards with communities across the country by helping local people create, restore and access orchards which they can enjoy and use for good. We want to help Birmingham and Britain blossom!”

Entertainment will be provided by Brummie poet and musician Spoz. For fans of BBC radio’s The Archers, there will be a chance to play the “Human Fruit Machine”, as featured in this year’s Ambridge fete.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth will be also be there helping visitors to make a Bee Hotel.

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