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30 years for the Big Apple

The Big Apple is a community event celebrating apples, orchards and cider and the ways in which they have shaped the picturesque countryside in one small corner of Herefordshire.  Harvestime 2019 marks 30 years for the Big Apple and a special opportunity to join the celebrations!

Nine venues in and around Much Marcle will be offering visitors the chance to learn, taste and enjoy.  Cider and perry and making will be taking place at all scales from small to commercial, and the producers will be sharing their knowledge and providing opportunities to sample and buy.

An amazing range of dessert and cooking apples will be on display for tasting at the Feast of Apples at Hellens and less well known varieties can be purchased in the Apple Market.  Marcher Apple Network will be on hand to help anyone hoping to identify their own apples.

As part of the 30th celebrations, there will be two talks at Hellens on Sunday 13th October.  At 12 noon, local fruitgrower, Norman Stanier, will be looking back into the early records of the Woolhope Naturalists‘ Field Club to discover the stories behind the famous Herefordshire Pomona.  At 2pm, Professor Paul Hadley of the University of Reading will be talking about ‘Apples in a Warmer World’, his ongoing research looking ahead to the impact of climate change on future UK apple production.

Marking the growing interest in orchards, sustainability and tourism, The Big Apple is proud to be part of Ciderlands, a network of cider tourism destinations across Europe whose aim is to preserve and celebrate the heritage and environment surrounding cider culture.  The Ciderlands 2019 conference will be taking place in Herefordshire and a visit to the Big Apple has been included in the programme.

A full programme of events can be found at

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