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Leeds goes Bananas for Apple Day 2017

Apple juicing, toffee apples, chutneys, sausage making, longest peel competitions, craft activities… it’s all happening in and around Leeds this October with over 20 events to celebrate Apple Day being held at local community orchards.

To help you find an event near you Helping Britain Blossom, the UK’s largest co-ordinated community orchard project, is putting together a programme of free community orchard Apple Day events in and around the city. The full list of events can be found at: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/news/leedsappleday2017/

Events happen throughout October culminating in three Apple Day celebrations over the last weekend

Apple Day at West Park Fields – Sat 28 October, 11am to 2pm.

Corner Kepstorn Road/Northolme Crescent, LS16 5HJ Planted last year, it is the orchard’s first Apple Day celebration. As well as juicing they’ll be a challenge to peel the longest length of apple peel, opportunities to make and decorate apple “heads”, learn about the health benefits of apples, find out about the different varieties of apples being grown in the orchard as well as recipes for apple produce including salads, cakes, chutneys and desserts. Killingbeck Big Apple Bonanza – Sat 28 & Sun 29 October, 10am-5pm The Killingbeck orchard is holding two days of apple activities, including games and tasty treats. Saturday will involve apple harvesting in the Wyke Beck Valley Nature Reserve, den building, wildlife spotting and games. Sunday will be spent turning the apples into juice, cider and pies with family activities and produce to take away.

Farsley Community Orchard – Sun 29 October, 2-5pm.

St. John’s Church Hall, Farsley LS28 5DJ The afternoon will provide an opportunity to try apple juicing, apple crafts – and sausage making.

And, if you’re inspired to put on your own Apple Day event but don’t know how to go about it. Helping Britain Blossom has created a downloadable guide with information on Apple Day and ideas for fun activities you can do to celebrate British apple growing and suggestions of ways you can use and enjoy apples. There is also an interactive Apple Day poster template and planning form to help you put on your own appley event. To download the guide click HERE.

For those thinking of holding your own Apple Day event, You can share ideas and promote your event by Tweeting Helping Britain Bloossom @HelpBritBloss.

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