It’s been a terrible year for apples across the country and Tynedale has been no exception. The orchard on Leazes Lane has about one fifth the apples it had last year, and most are late varieties. So in the run up to the eating festival we made numerous appeals for apple donations, with the all too often response… “We haven’t got any!”
Jim chaired this meeting, which had 28 in attendance – apparently a record, and with several people there for the first time.
While stressing that the group looks at various projects and ideas, and that small-scale ideas are always welcome, Gillian concentrated her report on the Hydro project. A recent presentation (22 Aug) had provided a realistic appraisal of technical and financial aspects. The latter were less promising than at the start of the project, but there had been clear support for continuing.
A massive THANK YOU to all those that donated apples, pummelled the fruit in our primitive crushing tubs, cranked the presses, and drank the juice at our two recent APPLE EVENTS Saturday 24th September at the Hexham Eating Festival and Saturday 22ndOctober at Hexham Farmers Market.
In particular a big thank you to our friends at Leazes Lane, the Sele and Dilston College, and especialy the young people who did most of the work. All the apples we pressed were donated to Transition Tynedale and we very much appreciate this.
We have big plans for apples, apple juice (and cider!) next year, with ideas for getting more of Hexham’s surplus apple crop put to good use.
Full marks to Pat, Fran and Martin for manufacturing the great timber apple press and to Jonah for the loan of his super little metal press.
In the meantime, plant locally sourced apple trees and buy UK apples…