Apple day at Abbots Langley to promote home-grown fruit

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An apple day is being held in Abbots Langley, hosted by Abbots in Transition, Abbots Langley Biz and Sunnyside Rural Trust.

Abbots Applefest will be on School Mead, near Tanners Wood School, on Sunday, October 18, 11am until 4pm, with family entertainment, music and competitions, barbecue, stalls and a chance to press your own juice.

A focal point of the day will be heritage fruit trees for sale at near wholesale prices and people will be encouraged to plant them in front gardens and mark their location on a village map.

Community groups around the parish will be offered the opportunity to purchase several trees.

Anne Richardson Food Group leader said: “The trees are available at low cost and will be provided with help and advice on planting; our long term aim is that this will enable our village on one hand to be more able to feed itself from local sources and on the other, for children to see apples growing, eat freshly picked and not just from a supermarket plastic bag. We believe in the long-run this will mean better for health for people, for our wildlife, especially bees and for the our climate as the trees absorb CO2.”

Sunnyside Rural Trust CEO, Keely Charlick, said: “Sunnyside are providing the trees and the advice. We are delighted to help because having a fruit tree in your garden saves you a lot of money and sharing it means there is less chance that people with money worries will go hungry. We need to teach children it is OK to pick and eat fruit and this will form part of our campaign.”

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