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Sheldon Country Park, Birmingham, Apple Day celebrations

The Apple Day festivities at the community orchard at Sheldon Country Park were the highlight of the week for park rangers and orchard volunteers who together with Helping Britain Blossom put on a wide range of activities for Sheldon residents to enjoy.

Hundreds turned out on the day and joined in the fun activities, such as mulching the young fruit trees, fruity races and creating smoothies on a special smoothie bike. There were also Morris dancers teaching dances, juicing by The Conservation Volunteers, a face-painter and badge making and free food provided by the Real Junk Food Project.

Rob Tilling from The Orchard Project and Helping Britain Blossom Birmingham project manager said:

“It was a fantastic day and very well attended. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves at the Park’s first community orchard celebration.

“Apple Day encapsulates everything that is great about community orchards. It brings together people of all ages and all backgrounds and the celebrations involve making and consuming apple products and being active. It’s a fabulous day out for one and all.”

Emma Sloan, a resident of Sheldon joined in the apple day festivities:

“I came with my mum, my sister and four little girls. It was excellent and everyone had a nice day out. I didn’t think there was much to know about an apple but today proved me wrong. We learnt all sorts of things about apples.

“I hadn’t heard about the community orchard before but I think it is a good idea and am definitely interested in finding out more. My partner takes my daughter out for walks on a Saturday morning so could be interested in volunteering at the orchard.”

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK