5 ways to celebrate Apple Day 2020 in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 19:31 28 September 2020 | UPDATED: 19:39 28 September 2020
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Apple Day may be a little smaller scale this year, thanks to Covid-19, but you can still celebrate the humble fruit at these Hertfordshire farms and orchards
Note: With events subject to change and cancellation in line with government Covid-19 guidelines, please check the website or call the venue before travelling to attend an event
1. Highfield Park, St Albans
Highfield Park Trust will be running a Covid-secure version of Apple Day from mid-morning until mid-afternoon on October 4 at the YMCA Gym on Russet Drive. Highfield Park’s own apple juice, cider and apples will be available to buy and there’s a children’s treasure hunt around the park. Bring a picnic and enjoy some autumn sunshine (we hope).
YMCA Gym, Highfield Park Centre, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0DB; highfieldparktrust.co.uk
2. Apple Cottage Cider, Baldock
Have lots of apples from the garden? Then turn them into juice. Apple Cottage Cider will squash your apples using an industrial press and the juice lasts 18 months so you can enjoy it through winter. There are plans to host an Apple Day in a socially-distanced way, check the website for details.
3. Shenley Park, Shenley
The traditional Apple Day has been cancelled this year but homegrown apples and juice are available from the park’s walled garden throughout the harvest. There are also plans to celebrate ‘all things apple’ over a weekend. Check the website for details.
Radlett Lane, Shenley WD7 9DW; shenleypark.co.uk
4. Chorleywood Community Orchard, Chorleywood
A pop-up shop is planned for October with apples, juices, jams, jellies and chutneys. There are volunteering opportunities and a cider club too.
The Orchard, Common Road, Chorleywood WD3 5LT; chorleywoodorchard.org.uk
5. Forty Hall, Enfield
Run by volunteers, Forty Hall Farm, part of Capel Manor College, is hosting an Apple Day on October 11 selling heritage apples, older and more unusual varieties to those in the supermarkets. Local apple juice by the bottle and also cider by the box will also be available to buy, and fruit tree advisors will be on hand - if you have an apple tree at home, take some apples along to be identified. More here.
Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA; fortyhallfarm.org.uk