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Open Day at West Bradley Orchards


Apple Harvest Day

The apple trees are laden and the harvest in Somerset begins in earnest in early September, and to celebrate the wonderful bounty of one of Somerset’s finest products The Orchard Pig, at West Bradley Orchards, near Glastonbury, hosts a day of events for all the family.

The orchards will be open for apple and pear picking and everyone is invited to bring a picnic to share under the trees.  For those exhausted by the labour of picking ripe, juicy dessert and cooking apples The Orchard Pig’s cider and juice bar will be open, and there will be hot food and drink available.

Friends of the orchard, including bee keepers, honey makers, and Ashridge Trees will be on hand with their products, and there will be tractor and trailer rides around the 45 acres that make up West Bradley Orchards.

Children particularly enjoy the freedom to roam through the trees, and this year they will have the opportunity to go bobbing for apples, as well as meet the famous Orchard Piglets!

Said Neil Macdonald of The Orchard Pig “The crop is going to be a bumper one this year.  The fruit is just ripening nicely on the trees and will be perfect by Apple Harvest Day.  We have bags and containers and even wheelbarrows on site for pickers, and lots of free parking.

We will be happy to talk to anyone about their own fruit trees and we will be showing visitors around our "crushing and bottling plant”

The owner of West Bradley Orchards, Edward Clifton-Brown, said “We have the familiar  varieties that people love, such as Bramley, Cox and Jonagold, but we also have lots of very unusual varieties like Kidd’s Orange, Charles Ross, Lord Lambourne, Ashmead’s Kernel  and Early Windsor, not to mention several varieties of pear.

They are all wonderful when picked straight from the tree and many of them will keep well past Christmas.”

When so much supermarket fruit is imported this is an ideal opportunity to pick some real local produce and to help keep Somerset’s carbon footprint down.

The Orchard Pig is celebrating its second birthday this year, and is currently one of the finalists in the Waitrose and Country Living Made in Britain Awards 2009 for its Sparkling Jonagold Cloudy Apple Juice.  This, and all the rest of the award winning Orchard Pig range, will be available for tasting on Apple Harvest Day.

Sunday September 13

10.00 – 17.00

West Bradley Orchards, West Bradley, Nr Glastonbury BA6 8LT

2 miles off the A361 between Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury

Tel: 01458 851222

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