Gallery: THE EVENT: Apple day at Willock Farm, Wisbech St Mary

THE EVENT: An Apple Day event at an orchard in Wisbech St Mary. WHEN WAS IT? On Saturday, at Willcock Farm. WHY WAS IT HELD? The event is in its fourth year and is a celebration of the traditional native apple. Visitors had the chance to learn more abo

THE EVENT: An Apple Day event at an orchard in Wisbech St Mary.

WHEN WAS IT? On Saturday, at Willcock Farm.

WHY WAS IT HELD? The event is in its fourth year and is a celebration of the traditional native apple.

Visitors had the chance to learn more about the art of nurturing apples and take part in orchard trails.


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HOW MANY PEOPLE TOOOK PART? Around 250 visitors went to the 22-acre orchard which dates back to the early 1900s.

WHAT HAPPENED? Apple-lovers followed the guided trails through a 2,700 tree plantation, while apple loves brought along fruits of their labours to be identified.

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Representatives from the East of England Apples and Orchard Project were on hand to give advice and identify apples for further analysis, and to find out if they were rare or lost varieties.

Gardeners were also given advice about planting, pruning and picking their apples.

WHAT WAS THE AIM? Until about 25 years ago, there were more acres of orchards, but the land was changed for agricultural use. The East of England Apples and Orchards projects strives to preserve the woodlands and the wildlife and plants that live in them.

The Apple Day is the first of a series of events which are being held across the region by the East of England Apple and Orchard Project.

HOW DID IT GO? David Wheatley, who has been restoring the orchards, said that they are attracting more and more people to the event each year.

He said: "We just want to open up the orchards to the public to show them a traditional orchard and how they are managed.

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