Branscombe celebrates apple harvest with pressing day

Branscombe apple pressing day at the National Trust apple Orchard. Xander Willerton, six, has fun picking the apples. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 4002-40-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Branscombe apple pressing day at the National Trust apple Orchard. Xander Willerton, six, has fun picking the apples. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 4002-40-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Branscombe went ape for apples with a special pressing day in the National Trust orchard and activities around the village.

More than 50 people turned up to help make fresh apple juice with a pressing machine on loan from the district council.

And National Trust rangers helped with badge making, willow craft and storytelling amongst the orchard displays.

Folk South West singer Eddie Upton was also on hand to provide musical entertainment to accompany the apple pressing.

Head ranger Pete Blyth said the annual event was popular with locals and attracts plenty of visitors to the village, but said he and his team are already getting prepared for the next orchard event, with Branscombe’s wassail to encourage the harvest on January 17.

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