TRANSITION Northwich held their annual apple pressing day behind Northwich Library last Saturday (October 9).

The local group, which has a firm focus on all things environmental, is keen to stress the importance of sharing produce.

"The pressing day sparks a lot of interest in fruit," says Cynthia Moore, who helped design and plant the Dane Valley Community Orchard a decade ago.

"We identify different varieties and share stories about favourite trees and recipes.

"Picking and processing fruit is a traditional joy that is all but lost amongst the uniform fruit we see in the supermarket.

"Our orchard fruit is wonky and characterful and we're surrounded by wildlife; this time, we nearly carried a frog home in the apple crate."

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The orchard had become overgrown, but was restored with the help of volunteers this year.

Cynthia went on: "We're looking for new volunteers to help care for the orchard.

"Lots of families who are new to Rudheath and even some older residents are discovering us for the first time.

"Events are posted on the 'Dane Valley Community Orchard' facebook page and we're making a Whatsapp group.

"Most Sundays we are at the orchard from 10am-noon.

"These short sessions are ideal for children and a good reason to come out on autumn days."

Northwich Guardian: Roy Pearce and Vange Shrubb help sort and cut the apples

Roy Pearce and Vange Shrubb help sort and cut the apples

Cynthia went on to encourage people to consider sharing the fruit they grow themselves.

"Many residents have lovely fruit trees, but not everyone has time to use all the fruit," she said.

"Anyone who has spare fruit can share it with the community - by making a sign, putting out a box or donating it to a food bank.

"When we have excess fruit and plants from Rod's Secret Community Garden, we're delighted that Kirsty, at 'Weigh of the World', is happy to share these with her customers."

Mike Osborne, who has a large Bramley tree, donated apples for the pressing day.

A few years ago Mike launched 'Mid Cheshire Community Plants and Vegetable Sharing' facebook page, helping residents to swap excess fruit and plants.

"The page has become quite a community now," he said.