The annual Apple Day at Burwash Manor was, as ever, a fantastic success. Hundreds of visitors helped us to raise over £2,000 for The Sick Children’s Trust.
The charity provides free accommodation for the families of sick children being treated at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge. It has two houses, Acorn House and Chestnut House that support the families in need.
The day started with vintage ploughing matches and a hedge laying competition which offered a great chance to witness some traditional farming practices, and the miniature steam train helped to ease the walk back to the farm! Crowds also flocked (!) to see falconry displays, our very own new piglets who were looking beautifully cute, and demonstrations of traditional countryside skills from weaving to fence laying, basket making to stick carving.
The event itself, being all about apples, featured apple identifiers on hand (from East of England Apples and Orchards Project) to tell keen gardeners what the apples growing in their gardens were, and how to look after them. And those with a surplus of apples could take them to a fabulous team of young farmers from Harper Adams who spent all day turning them into fantastic fresh apple juice. Or you could just try some from Cam Valley Orchards, who brought more varieties than you could count on both hands!
After enjoying all the many activities on the farm, families were grateful for the food stalls (including one where you could decorate your own cake before eating it) and the beer tent! And once refuelled, they enjoyed entertainment from Jezzo the Magician, Sawston Steel Band and a host of stalls offering everything from face painting to tonka toy assault courses.
Next year’s date has been set as 12th October 2013 – we look forward to even more apple fun then!
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