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Monday, 15 October 2012

Reaseheath Apple Festival

Reporter Jonathan White

Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney (left) offers fruit growing advice to a visitor

I attended the second day of the 20th Reaseheath Apple Festival weekend (Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October, http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/apple-festival/) at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

This free event featured dozens of different types of apples sourced from around the world on display and the opportunity to taste and buy different varieties of apple. Visitors could also buy or bring their own apples and take part in using the scratcher apple milling machine and press, which form the initial stages of the cider-making process.

Retired Reaseheath lecturer Derek Jones was on hand to identify different apple varieties and Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney offered fruit growing advice. There were a variety of flowering plants for sale, along with a cheese tasting table and sale. Numerous information leaflets and display boards advertised the wide variety of courses available at Reaseheath College.

There were also outdoor tours around Reaseheath’s fruit garden to show fruit trees on a variety of root stocks grown under different systems.

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