The Apples of Tatton

Keswick Codlin

This August I visited Tatton Park Garden and was really happy to see the different apples being grown. I have always been obsessed with apples, especially russets. My favorite way to eat them is with a knife in hand to cut off thin slices for eating.

Apple Day is 21st October this year. Many farms around the country will have stalls where you can taste lesser known apples than the ones we usually get in the supermarket. Lancashire is not apparently a great place to grow apples, however there is a good piece of land in Hulme called Burley Fields which could make an excellent community orchard. There are some Lancashire orchards featured here at the England in Particular website.

Here are some of the varieties growing in Tatton Park at the moment.

Sussex Mother

Edmunds Russet


Apple Day Events near Manchester

Saturday 2nd October Knowle Green Village Hall, Clitheroe Road, Knowle Green, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2YQ ADMISSION: £0.60, children free. Find out about – Forgotten varieties, Identification, Bees and beekeeping, varieties for planting, pruning, apples to taste, apples to buy, juice, jam, cider, chutney, pies, honey and beeswax candles, Children’s activities and refreshments. Media contact: Martin Charlesworth 01200 448000 or 07989 258675 Community Projects Officer Forest of BowlandArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty , The Stables, 4, Root Hill Estate Yard, Whitewell Road, Dunsop Bridge BB7 3AY

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th October, 11am – 4pm. Quarry Bank Mill & Styall Estate (NT), Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA. An appealing day out for all of the family at the Apprentice House Garden. Normal admission charges apply. Jayne Gudgeon (01625 445845).

Sunday 10th October, 11am – 4pm. Tatton Park (NT), Knutsford WA16 6QN. A scrumptious Sunday in the gardens. Join us to celebrate the wonderful apple. Normal park entry charges apply. (01625 374400)

Sunday 17th October, 12pm – 4pm. Walled Garden of Norton Priory Museum and GardensTudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX. Celebrate autumn and the 21st birthday of the walled garden with tours, games, arts & crafts and plant sales. Organised in partnership with Halton Borough Council and Cheshire Landscape Trust. (jct11 off M56, take A558 and follow brown signs).  (01928 569895)

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