FAMILIES enjoyed a host of activities and entertainment at Steyning Community Orchard’s Apple Day on Saturday.
About 300 people took part in the annual event at the Memorial Playing Field in Steyning.
There were apple displays, tastings and live music. Children’s games and activities were provided and refreshments included home-made apple cakes and pies.
Bob Platt, from the orchard team, said: “We had apple presses, so visitors could take along their own apples and containers for pressing.
“We also sold freshly pressed apple juice, jars of apple preserves and jams, and people could even buy an apple tree.
“We also provided information about the history of orchards in Steyning and our plans for the future.”
Another new tree was planted on the day, this time in memory of Steyning stalwart Marlene Carman, who died just before Christmas last year.
A countryside specialist, Mrs Carman helped out with jobs like gardening in public areas in the town and was chairman of both Steyning in Bloom and the Steyning and District Community Partnership. She was also a Steyning Parish Council for nearly 26 years.
Mr Platt said: “Steyning residents have made generous contributions to the cost.
“The tree was a Sussex Mother, a variety that originated around Heathfield. It was known from 1851 and can still be found in gardens around the county.”
During the afternoon, the new orchard noticeboard was unveiled by David Barling, county councillor for Bramber Castle.
The noticeboard, which will be used to post up-to-date information about the progress of the orchard and coming events, was funded by a grant from the Chanctonbury County Local Committee when Mr Barling was chairman.
He said: “My colleagues on the committee were very enthusiastic about the community orchard because it ticks a lot of boxes as a community project and protecting the environment.
“There were a lot of children there. It was a beautiful day and a really fantastic fun occasion.”
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