Thursday 16th September 2021 2pm-5pm

The cost is £30 per person.

Prior booking is essential as places will be limited.

Ideal for those who want to learn how to make full use of their own orchard trees with all the associated benefits this brings both to the kitchen, to our well being, and to the garden.

By September the orchard is full of ripe fruit. Now is the time to harvest all the apples and pears, the crab apples, plums and damsons with quince and medlars a little later.

Timetable:

The event commences at 2pm

2pm – 3:30pm:

A private tour of the orchard garden including plums, apples and pears.

Observe the tree pruning techniques used with the apple trees.

Harvest the apples and discuss how can we make full use of the fruit; immediate use and ways to preserve them. This could involve cakes and juice, but also jellies, chutney, fruit gin etc.

Apple pressing Demonstration: This is the exciting part where you watch Simon’s detailed and informative demonstration of how to extract the apple juice. You will also be offered the opportunity to taste…nothing could be fresher!

Learn how to preserve the juice through the pasteurization process so that it will keep for the months ahead.

Discuss how to turn apple juice into apple cider vinegar. Cider comes in between, but we prefer the apple cider vinegar for healthy gut and cooking.

3:30pm – 4pm

A short 30min break gives you time to explore the rest of the garden by yourselves.

4pm – 5pm:

Enjoy Kathy’s special Orchard Themed refreshments. Home made scones and a choice of delicious freshly baked cakes using the produce straight from the orchard will be offered out in the garden or inside if the weather is inclement.

You can visit our small but unique shop and explore the garden by yourselves and take photos.

Please wear outdoor clothes and bring umbrellas in case of rain. The tea will be inside if wet.

Special dietary requirements:

If you have any dairy or gluten free requirements or any other important food allergies, please email me at [email protected] at least 24 hours before the event.

Additional booking information:

  • There is ample parking for cars which will be indicated on arrival. 
  • Please meet in the conservatory at the front of the house.
  • Toilets are besides the car park. 
  • Sorry, no dogs are allowed.

Shop offers beautiful china mugs, greetings cards of the garden and cake recipe cards. It also offers Kathy Brown’s garden books Edible Flowers £7 (I am happy to sign them) and our garden guide Painting with Nature, £5.