Hundreds flock to Willock Farm for apple day

WILLOCK farm opened its orchards to more than 300 people this weekend as they hosted an apple day.

The farm, near Wisbech St. Mary, welcomed the public to one of a series of apple days being held across the region as part of the East of England Apples and Orchards Project.

Visitors to the 22 acres of orchard, containing around 2700 trees, were able to sample different varieties of apple, cakes made from the farm’s fruit and Stamford Apple Juice.

There were also experts on hand to offer advice on how to grow your own fruit trees.

David Wheatley, farmer, said: “We opened the traditional 100-year-old orchard to the public so that they could see what it’s like to pick your own apples. Everyone who came said they loved it.

“It’s great to see people enjoying what we work so hard on, it makes it all worth while. We are hoping it will be even bigger next year.”

Mr Wheatley’s orchards contain examples of the 250 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries native to the six counties of East Anglia.