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Apple Day Fruit Tree and Produce Sale

October 17, 2021

Apple Day is normally the largest and liveliest public event at Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO). The orchard relies on public events to raise essential funds. Cancelling two events earlier this year, January’s Wassail and June’s Summer Open Day, has hit funds hard.

High numbers of Covid cases in Bristol at the start to the school year raise doubts about larger gatherings as we head towards the winter months. HOCO members feel it isn’t wise to organise a huge event for hundreds of people at this time. Instead, they are planning an Apple Day Market on Sunday 17 October. The event will be in the afternoon – times TBC.

This will be similar to last year’s market when orders were placed in advance and collected on the day. All fruit trees and plants have been raised locally. Small batches of homemade preserves are jam-packed with fruits from the orchard. Local honey and herbal body care products are available in limited quantities. Pre-ordering is strongly recommended. A selection of produce and products will also be for sale on the day, including one-off green woodworking made with fruitwood from the orchard.

Identifying mystery apples is another popular Apple Day activity. The Apple Tree Lady is offering to do this for a donation to HOCO of £5 for each variety. “It’s not a science”, says Orchard Learning co-ordinator, Shannon Smith. “I have seen hundreds of different kinds of apples over the years, and I love the challenge of solving the mystery. It’s fruitful fun – and all in a good cause!” See the HOCO website for more information.

Details may change due to events beyond our control. Please contact HOCO c/o the website to make sure you get up-to-date information about the market. Website: www.community-orchard.org.uk

Phone: 0117 373 1587


October 17, 2021