COPSE was involved with two apple-pressing events in September, with the BBC visiting and filming the Community pressing event at Swan Barn on 28th September, spending several hours filming the 19th Century apple scratter-press in action and taking aerial shots of the orchard. This year the event was opened-up to Community Groups in Haslemere. Special thanks to South Downs National Trust staff and volunteers Sarah, Allan and Wally who set things in motion.
Earlier on 18th September we helped at Rosamond Garden (www.guildfordcommunitygarden.org.uk) Apple-pressing and family fun day, gaining valuable knowledge before we purchase our own portable press and scratter.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.