The Houghton Project (a Herefordshire farm where people with additional needs learn rural skills)
won first prize in the sweet cider category and second in the sweet perry category at this year’s
International Cider and Perry Awards. From hundreds of entries The Houghton Project beat off
strong competition from makers all over the world.

The Houghton Project is a not-for-profit organisation providing opportunities for people with
learning difficulties, mental health issues and those facing life challenges. It was established in
2002 to teach rural skills and also facilitate new friendships, build confidence and improve mental
and physical wellbeing.

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Wasted apple is a great resource this time of year as unwanted apples

Wasted Apple Cider was born from a desire to reduce waste. We saw beautiful apples in our neighbour’s orchard going to waste simply because he couldn’t use or give away the abundance of fruit that his trees were yielding. He happily donated his unused apples to us to make our first ever batches of Cider. The Cider we made with these apples was good and very popular with friends and family.

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Many of you will be familiar with Local Fox cider, which was The Orchard Project’smission to reduce food waste across London. Their new partnership with carbon-negative cidery Hawkes will continue turning surplus apples into cider, as well as enabling more people across the UK to support our work simply by buying a pint of cider! You can donate your spare apples at locations across the capital until 18th October.

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