Pembrokeshire Coast National Park hold Apple Pressing Days.
If you have a surplus of apples this autumn, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Rangers can help you turn them into delicious juice.
The Authority has an apple press and pasteurising kit as part of its Heritage Orchards Project and the kit is available for use by Pembrokeshire people.
Three Apple Pressing Days are being held across the Park during the harvest season. They are from 10am until 3pm, as follows:
· Monday September 29th at Carew Castle
· Tuesday October 7th at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, St Davids
· Tuesday October 14th at Castell Henllys
The events are free and there is no need to book.
The Heritage Orchards Project is aimed at safeguarding traditional varieties of fruit trees in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Staff have been working in two heritage orchards owned by the Authority, at St Brides and at Brownslade on the Castlemartin Range. Cuttings are being taken to grow trees at existing sites and at new community orchards which Park Rangers are helping to set up.
Rangers will also be holding a family-friendly Apple Day at St Brides on Sunday October 26th, with apple-themed activities and a chance to learn more about this fascinating fruit. Call 01834 845040 to book a place.
Ranger Haydn Garlick said: “Pembrokeshire’s old varieties of apple were once a valuable local food source. We are now working to replace lost orchards by planting young trees grafted from the heritage varieties that grow well in our climate.
“This is great news for us because we love eating them, but it’s also great for bees and butterflies, which feed on blossom, and mammals, birds and insects, which eat windfalls.”
The Heritage Orchard Project is funded through Natural Resources Wales’ Ecosystems Resilience Grant.
If you have old fruit trees and would like help to identify them or to learn how to look after them, contact the Park Authority on 0845 345 7275.