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Thatcham Community Orchard celebrates Apple Day

Thursday 13th August 2015

Apple day 2014. Pic: Paul Roberts

Thatcham Apple Day is back! Sunday 18 October is the annual celebration of all things relating to orchards and juicy apples. Come and experience the fun and festivities from 11am to 3pm at the Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham. Entry is free, and this Apple Day promises to be even better than the last ones, if that is possible!

Try your hand juicing apples with the Thatcham Community Orchard Friends group. Our orchard expert, Andy Howard, will have his breath-taking display of apples and pears; and he’ll be ready to answer your fruit questions. Watch the Kennet Morris Men blessing the trees and the harvest.

Farming and wildlife go hand in hand and the wonderful Farms2Ewe will bring their farm animals along to show us. Ray Prior is back with his stunning display of birds of prey. See traditional crafts, purchase local produce, learn about bees and how you can help wildlife, and listen to a story. Join in with activities for all the family, including the human fruit machine!

Traditionally managed orchards are great for wildlife, offering shelter and food for insects, birds and mammals. Ed Sweetman, Community Officer with the local Wildlife Trust says: “As the orchard develops expect to see visiting bullfinches and thrushes, hoverflies and bees and eventually colourful fungi, moss and lichens. Orchards also help preserve local fruit varieties and are wonderful places to come together as a community.”

Thatcham Apple Day is organised by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust in partnership with Thatcham Town Council and is part of the Thatcham Festival. The Nature Discovery Centre is managed by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust on behalf of West Berkshire Council.

For more information about Apple Day please contact the Nature Discovery Centre on 01635 874381 or ndc@bbowt.org.uk   Get involved with the Thatcham Community Orchard Friends group on Facebook