Dan joined the Helping Britain Blossom team in July 2015 as the Project Manager for Greater Manchester. His love of orchards, apples, juicing and cider came about when looking to start a meanwhile project on the wasteland that was once the iconic Moss Side Stagecoach bus depot.
Here’s a delightful video that is very short, but gives you an idea as to the excitement and fun of picking and harvesting apples in the autumn.
Want to see what is happening right now in a Somerset orchard?
Their apples are grown on traditional standard orchards, grazed with sheep. They are the main real cider suppliers at Glastonbury festival in Somerset every June.
All the apples they ferment come from Somerset, and most come from their own orchards which extend to some 150 acres.
We hope this gives you a glimpse of what life is like down at Burrow Hill.
We were asked the following question over at the cider forum I want to highlight to this as others will be able to learn from this too:
I have a small paddock in which I would like to grow some apple trees with a view of possibly making a small amount of cider. I know nothing about what trees to purchase or if it is even a practical idea. Can you advise on where is the best place for me to get help, buy trees or in fact learn all about it?
Firstly, anyone can make cider!
We want to encourage the production of cider on a small scale at home or in your local community. Don’t forget that apple juice and cider vinegar can also be made from the same apples.
Whether you have a back garden with a couple of apple trees, several acres of orchard, or you’re just ’scrumping’ apples from friends and neighbours every autumn you will find it’s a fantastic way to get out learn about your local area, use local produce that might otherswise go to waste and most important of all, get friends, family and neighbours involved!
There are a number of links on the real cider site that will help you with orchard and cider production
- Buy apple trees – List of UK fruit producers and suppliers
- Fruit tree orchards FAQ – On UK Cider web site
- How cider is made – Outline of the steps of cider making
- Basic equipment for cider making – List of equipment you will need for small scale cider making
- Cider making video – Fun video to see how this family make their cider
- Bottling cider – On UK Cider web site
Two fantastic books to help you on your cider journey
This information will be enough to get you started. Remember that if you get the essentials right: selection of suitable apple tree(s), production method and equipment you will be enjoying real cider year after year!
Let us know how you get on in our forum or just comment below.
Stephen Hayes gives us a growing fruit trees tutorial, this video will show you how to create a better apple crop.