Pressing engagement for Trust visitors
Tonnes of apples have been used to create a giant mosaic at a popular National Trust estate.
An eight square-foot National Trust oakleaf has been made by staff at Killerton Estate, near Exeter, to mark National Apple Day on Sunday.
The fruity sculpture was constructed using apples from a 12-tonne crop collected from the estate's 50 acres of orchard.
A long history of cider-making at the 10 sq m farming estate is kept alive every year with the support of volunteers and local schoolchildren who help to harvest and press apples.
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The estate is hosting a cider and apple weekend tomorrow and Sunday from 11am-4pm for the public to witness its 200-year-old giant cider press in action.
Helen Trebble of Killerton's countryside team said: "Visitors to our cider and apple weekend will see the apple-oakleaf on display. The apples we have used for this will not go to waste. But we never harvest the whole orchard – we deliberately leave a proportion of apples behind as a food and nectar source for our wildlife and bees."
"Visitors to the event can bring a small bag of their own garden apples to be milled and pressed into a bottle of juice to take home and on the Sunday we have an apple ID expert helping to identify visitor's home-grown cider apples."
For more details call 01392 881345, or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/Killerton.