Posted on 30th September 2018 at 14:00 PM
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you’ll be in the rudest of health at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens next week, because it’s harvest time again and a bumper crop is on the cards.
With the juicy combination of skill and dedication cultivated by the Beningbrough Hall gardening team supported by this year’s remarkable growing conditions, Beningbrough’s 2018 apple harvest promises to deliver a bumper haul. Championing this delicious bite, visitors are in for a treat with the property’s annual apple week, a celebration of all things apple.
Mark Pethullis, gardener at Beningbrough said, “I love the changing of the seasons and apple week, celebrating the many wonderful varieties we grow at Beningbrough always feels like a special way to mark the beginning of autumn. It keeps me and the volunteers very busy with so many apples to harvest and make use of. I love the fact that we can supply them to the restaurant, seeing the produce we harvest making it onto the daily menu for visitors to enjoy”.
Taking place in specially erected tents situated within Beningbrough’s walled garden, National Trust gardeners will be on hand to answer all your apple related questions. There will be short talks throughout the week with a chance to find out how the team care for and prune the numerous trees at Beningbrough. Of course there will be the popular apple display showcasing some of the 48 different varieties grown in the garden. From big luscious reds to golden and green varieties, this is a veritable who’s who of the apple kingdom (the best bit being of course is getting to sample the wares and decide which your personal favourite is).
Youngsters won’t be left out either. There are apple inspired games, while picking an apple from a tree is on the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' play list and the best bit about all these apple pressing demonstrations ….? The opportunity to enjoy the freshest most delicious juice in town!
The shop will be providing samples in the tent from their apple inspired range of chutneys, biscuits and of course cider. There’s even apple & walnut lip balm, hand cream & coconut oil soaps available to try and buy. There’s no end to what the versatile apple can do and for those feeling truly inspired, Laura Mason, author of the National Trust ‘Afternoon Tea’ book and ‘Book of Crumbles’ will be signing her books and talking about how she came to making the recipes on 7 October 1-3.30pm so you’ve every reason to put a bit of apple into your life.
Apple celebration week will be held at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens from 7 - 14 October 2018, (closed Monday). Opening times 10.30am - 5pm.