17 December 2010
With Common Ground’s thanks to all the participants and Apple Day organizers and to those who have kindly donated prizes which this year include a bottle of 3 year old Somerset Royal Cider Brandy from the Somerset Cider Brandy Company; new sparkling Coleshill House Cider which celebrates the 21st anniversary of Apple Day from the Cotswold Cider Company; a copy of Rosie Sanders beautifully illustrated “The Apple Book” published by Frances Lincoln Ltd in October.
Special Award for the 21st Apple Day (1990 - 2010)
Winner of the Longest of the Longest of the Longest Peel 1990 – 2010 Barney Hilken a mathematician from Horwich, at Acorn Bank, Cumbria, in 2009, with a peel of 33 feet 91/2inches (10.30m) by hand.
Prize: a bottle of sparkling Coleshill House Cider for the 21st Apple Day and Rosie Sanders new “The Apple Book”.
Winners in 2010
18 years and over (apple peeled by hand):
Carl Winham, Apple Day at Acorn Bank, Cumbria, with a peel measuring 12 feet 31/2inches (374.5 cm).
Prize: a bottle of 3 year old Somerset Royal Cider Brandy from the Somerset Cider Brandy Company
Under 18 (apple peeled by hand):
Apple peeled by hand: Andy Crocker, aged 9, Apple Day at Eldred’s Orchard, Blagdon, north Somerset produced a peel measuring 5 feet 7.79 (172.2 cm).
Under 18 (apple peeled by peeling machine):
Lucy Fawcett, Eastham Country Park, Wirral, Cheshire’s Apple Day with a peel measuring 8 feet 11 inches (272cm)
Andy and Lucy will receive a copy of Common Ground’s book ‘Apple Games & Customs’, a pack of Apple cards and an Apple Map poster.
Apple Day (October 21) is fast becoming a calendar custom, this year celebrating it’s 21st anniversary. It was initiated by Common Ground in Covent Garden in 1990 and is takes place across the country with hundreds of events held in orchards, fruit farms, nurseries, RHS and National Trust gardens, restaurants, village halls, museums and arts centres. It is an annual celebration of the wonderful diversity of apples and other tree fruit in Britain and demonstrates that variety enriches places. Visit the Common Ground website for further information and a gallery of Apple Day photos since 1990.