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It's all gone apple-shaped at Dudmaston (8th October 2014)

It's all gone apple-shaped at Dudmaston

It's harvest time and the National Trust's Dudmaston Estate will be celebrating their bumper apple harvest this Sunday 12th October 2014, with their annual Orchard Day event.

Gates to the property will open at 11am and there is lots planned for visitors to see. Volunteers from across the South Shropshire portfolio will be on the property for the day pressing apples and visitors who would like to see their own apples pressed are invited to bring these along so that they can take their own freshly squeezed juice home.

Visitors can also take part in the property’s Produce Show, entries are 50p for Children and £1 for Adults for which visitors can enter as many of the categories as they like, this year’s focus is on home produced goods and entry forms can be downloaded from the property’s website. All the property asks is that visitors notify them that they are intending to enter as soon as possible before the day.

As well as this there will be Morris Dancing from Shrewsbury Morris and music by both Limited Edition and Carrick Folk Duo; an apple recipe tree for everyone to share their favourite apple recipes; craft activities for the children; apple sales and food producers so that everyone will get the chance to take home a tasty treat; and lots of extra fun.

Gardener-in-Charge, Guy Lory said “this is an important day in our calendar. We have many orchards across the Estate and are looking forward to celebrating success with all our visitors. The Produce Show promises to deliver some delicious bakes this year and the appleheads created by the children are always fun to see. Even the staff have got involved by creating apple selfies and taking part in their own bake off category. We’re also looking forward to seeing the results of the Pumpkin Challenge that we set our visitors at Whitsun. It’s going to be a fantastic day with lots of fun for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information about the categories you can enter in the produce show and about Orchard Day itself take a look at the property’s website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston.

Image shows Property Administrator Nikki Hook with an Applehead for the Produce Show competition.