Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Mayor celebrates first Apple Day

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe celebrates Apple Day
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe celebrates Apple Day

Mid and East Antrim Borough will host its first Apple Day celebration this weekend.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe said: “Apple Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wonderful community orchard at Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead.

“Orchards are important for biodiversity and help to revive an interest in fruit growing, providing a way of sharing knowledge and horticultural skills. Orchards also play a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.”

The event, on Saturday 24 October will include apple pressing, native apple tastings and cookery, orchard tree conservation and traditional orchard games. Activities are taking place from 12noon-2pm.

Community orchards, such as the one at Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead, are essential to ecology. The combination of fruit trees, grassland floor, hedgerows, deadwood and associated features such as ponds and streams mean orchards are home to a wide range of insects, birds, mammals and wildflower.

Apple day celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, after being founded in 1990 by the organisation, Common Ground.

Sue Clifford from Common Ground who helped devise the concept said: “Apple Day is not a marketing device, its creation has been impelled by altruism and idealism for living better with nature – the apple and the orchard are symbols of hope. They demonstrate how we can have our trees, bees, bats, butterflies, birds and badgers whilst growing good fruit to eat and drink.”

For further information on Mid and East Antrim Borough’s first Apple Day contact Alison Diver, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Growing Communities Officer, telephone 028 9335 8231.