Our own Apple Juice

Dec 12, 2017 | Managing the Forest

Part of our conservation work here at Wyre CLT involves managing traditional orchards in and around the Wyre Forest.  Traditional orchards contain a mosaic of habitats including hedgerows, unimproved grassland, scrub and fallen dead wood, creating a wildlife haven that supports a wide range of species including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates.

Work in the orchards varies depending on the time of year.  During the Winter we head out with volunteers to plant new fruit trees and give older apple and pear trees a restorative and structural prune.  Summer months involve pruning the stoned fruit trees including cherries and plums as well as cutting the orchards to make winter feed for our herd of Dexter cattle.  Autumn brings the time for the fruit harvest, the success of the harvest varies from year to year, but we usually get enough apples to make a fair few bottles of delicious apple juice. 

Apple picking is great fun, a job that all our volunteers love to do.  Hard hats are a must when shaking the tree to catch the apples in the tarpaulin below and the golden rule is never look up, you really don’t one hitting your head trust me.  There are a huge variety of apples growing in the orchards we manage all with their unique taste and funny names like Broxwood foxwhelp and Pitmaston pineapple.

Visitors to the farm always enjoy seeing how apple juice is made and it’s a great way to get them involved from helping to throw apples into the scratter to turning the press to see the juice ooze out.  This year seemed to be a good year for apples, we collected many varieties and had a delicious mixed variety juice made and pasteurised.  We know have our juice with its lovely new label available for you to buy and enjoy. 

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