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Appreciate the Apple at High Woods Country Park this September

Date published: 20 September 2017

High Woods Country Park's BIG Garden hosts the annual FREE Apple Day on Saturday 23 September, and invites you to visit from 12 noon - 3pm to sample the delights of the multiple varieties of British apples.

The BIG Garden will mark the local harvest by collecting and presenting various supplies of apples for visitors to taste and participate in the 'Big Community Juice'. Members of the public are also encouraged to bring along a bag of apples from their own garden and a bottle or container to take their juice home to enjoy!

Fans of the fruit will also be able to share recipes, enjoy apple games, craft activities and home cooked apple based cakes, or simply relax in the orchard with a cup of tea.

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said : "The Apple Day is a popular annual event at High Woods Country Park for visitors of all ages. It's a fantastic way of discovering all of the great things you can do with apples as well as trying local varieties you don't often see on supermarket shelves."

The BIG Garden is a large community vegetable garden and orchard at High Woods Country Park, which, along with Colchester's Castle Park, has recently been awarded Green Flag status for innovation in conservation and heritage.

Apple Day marks the transition towards the Big Garden being taken on by a new community social enterprise 'Together We Grow Community Interest Company', set up by former parks staff and volunteers with the aim of delivering Horticultural, education, social and therapeutic services. The new Community Interest Company is supported by Livewell Colchester, a Colchester Borough Council led campaign to support residents to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Any funds raised from the day will be used to develop and deliver these services, and supporting the volunteer group in future projects.

The Apple Day is a short walk from the Visitor Centre off Turner Rd and event visitors are urged to walk, cycle or come by public transport if possible.

To find out more visit www.colchester.gov.uk/biggarden or call 01206 855287.

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