St.Ives Community Orchard’s very first Apple day was graced with beautiful Autumn sunshine and the organisers were thrilled by the turnout of over 150 people. Most of the revellers had never been to the Orchard before and many hadn’t even been aware of its existence prior to Apple Day.
There was plenty of apple-inspired food including local apples to sample and apples baked with raisins on the campfire. St Ives cider provided their locally produced apple juice and cider which added to the festivities.
Popular with the children was the leaf and flower fabric printing organised by artist, Mel Uys. The process involved endless hammering with mallets and resulted in delicate leaf, flower and mulberry printed flags which the children could take home. Nic Taylor encouraged everyone to try green woodworking with a traditional shaving horse and pole lathe.
Local musician, Christian Guerrini formed an impromtu band of kids with a percussion section (drill bit, bucket, wooden planks) and the Kalula Ukulele Girls. Matt from The Cornish Black Bee Company gave a talk about our intrepid native bee which The Orchard hopes to introduce in the near future.
St Ives Cider supplied the very popular mulled cider & Jabula Tents provided some colourful stretch structures & festival flags. St Ives Surf School provided the gazebo & Louise & Tom provided delicious apple crepes to raise funds for the orchard. Elise Langley gave a talk about the history of the orchard and encouraged people to get involved with work parties and future events.
St Ives Community Orchard group would like to thank the St.Ives Community Fund for their recent donation and all the volunteers who helped with the day. Also thank you to Tesco & Co-op who provided the ingredients for campfire cooking and refreshments (the kids loved baking potatoes & roasting the marshmallows & baked apples on the campfire). Thanks also to Tim Andrewes for the basket of delicious Spartan Apples from his tree.
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