Autumn Apple Pressing Party

A beautiful Autumn celebration for the volunteers in Bryngarw’s Orchard today.  It was the perfect way to greet the season and bring the Bryngarw community together.

Thanks to the Tescos Bags of Help funding, we had Sasha of Wild Spirit Bushcraft come along to do some campfire cooking for us and an apple pressing workshop.

First you start with some apples and we were blessed with a bountiful harvest of sweet apples, cookers and some pears.  After the collective hard work of chopping, scratting and pressing we enjoyed a delicious glass of sweet pure apple juice.  The cookers were cored and filled withe sugar, butter and various toppings, then baked in foil at the edge of the fire.  Absolutely delicious.

The campfire was the central spot as always and after we enjoyed a wonderful red pepper soup with hunks of crusty bread, the bakestone was heated up for the welsh cakes.

The Bags of Help funding has helped us enhance the Orchard and Woodland Garden at Bryngarw Park with sculptures and benches and our latest Bryngarw Keeper – Pomona, Keeper of the Orchard.   It has been a lot of hard work but today we quite literally enjoyed the fruits of our labours.

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Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork.

Thanks to Sarah, Sha & Leigh for the photos and everyone for their hard work and support throughout this project.

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