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New Mills Community Orchard Apple Day


Simon Baker at Community OrchardNew Mills Community Orchard as part of New Mills Festival held its first Apple Day on Sunday 13 September.  Over 300 people attended on a beautiful sunny day, to plant a pippin, complete an apple treasure hunt, take an archery lesson and name the owl carving competition. Refreshments were available. 


Orchard groups from further afield came to visit, the archery was kindly provided by Mr David Sinfield from Surrey Primitive Archery & Atl Atl Society.  Simon Baker, Joint Chief Executive of High Peak Borough and Staffordshire Moorlands Council along with Tony Ashton Leader of High Peak Borough Council also paid the event a visit.  Simon said he was impressed with the community project especially as it was run by volunteers and even had a go at naming the owl. A remark was made to us that 'It was a fantastic effort today'. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and lots of people expressed an interest or their appreciation and quite a few their surprise.


Volunteers meet every month, and are to have some fruit pruning training in the autumn, if you require further information or are interested in joining the group please look at


Borough Cllr Mark Gadd, Simon Baker Joint Chief Executive of  High Peak Borough and Staffordshire Moorlands, New Mills Town Councillors Jacqui Gadd and Lance Dowson - click on image for high definition version.


Article by Jacqui Gadd.

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