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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The 21st Reaseheath Apple Festival

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

A visitor inspects some of the apples

The 21st Reaseheath Apple Festival was held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2013, at Reaseheath College (http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk) in Nantwich.

This free event took place in the College's 'Crop Shop' and featured dozens of different varieties of apple. The apples on display were sourced from around the United Kingdom and Reaseheath College itself.

There was the opportunity to taste and buy several 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 was a variety of plants for sale.

Numerous information leaflets and display boards advertised the wide variety of courses available at Reaseheath College.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust - http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk - had a stand and invited new members to join.

Reaseheath’s fruit garden was also open to allow visitors to view fruit trees on a variety of root stocks grown under different systems.

There was a cheese tasting table and cheeses for sale in the 'Reaseheath Farm Shop'.

Refreshments were available in the 'Bootzone' restaurant/cafe.

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