Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor celebrates Apple Day

Councillor Billy Ashe with Myrtle Fraser.
Councillor Billy Ashe with Myrtle Fraser.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe, has attended the Borough’s first ever Apple Day.

“It was a great success and we now plan to run the event annually,” he said.

The venue on Saturday 24th October was the orchard in Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead and those attending gathered apples from the community orchard, which was planted in February 2013 with a range of apple, pear and nut trees, and had a go pressing the apples to make freshly squeezed apple juice.

The local group, Carrickfergus Community Cultivators were on site to provide lunch which included apple and potato bread, Waldorf salad which is made with apple, celery and walnuts, and homemade apple jam.

Everyone also had the chance to help out with some tree maintenance and learn about orchard biodiversity.

Councillor Ashe continued: “Apple Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate community orchards as they encourage an interest in fruit growing and provide a way of sharing knowledge and horticultural skills.”