Apple Day 21 in October

Join Apple Day on the 21st October 2010 to celebrate their 21st birthday.

In 1990, dismayed by the loss of so many traditional orchards and amazed at the 3,000 or so varieties of apples that have been grown in the UK, Common Ground set out to create a new calendar custom to celebrate our most versatile fruit and the beautiful orchards they come from.

The first Apple Day event was held on October 21 in 1990 in the old Apple Market in Covent Garden, London, bringing fruit back there for the first time in 17 years. It struck a chord and since then their strategy has been to extend, support and promote Apple Day countrywide through nurseries, fruit farms, restaurants, National Trust and RHS gardens, museum, art centres, community groups and schools who celebrate the day in their own place, in their own way.

Common Ground have started their events list for Apple Day in October 2010, so if you are holding a local Apple Day, then get in touch to make ure your event is listed.

If you want to find out how to get involved or for some ideas on how to celebrate your Apple Day, Common Ground have some useful information to help make your event a success.

Many hundreds of groups and venues have risen to the challenge. Some have held their own events continuously since 1991. Apple Day has become part of the seasonal round and has provided an opportunity for people to express their love of apples, orchards and all the customs, rituals, songs, drinks, recipes and wild life associated with them.

This year, Common Ground are hoping that Apple Day celebrations will extend even further and that more people, organisations, art galleries, restaurants and community groups will take part.

More information on Apple Day can be found on the Common Ground website.