St Andrew’s and Guernsey’s big apple bonanza

October 3rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

St Andrew's Apple Day at Blanchelande Girls' College (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

James Meller of Rocquette Cider received almost 8000 kgs. of apples from Guernsey residents, who brought them to St. Andrew’s Apple Day in carrier bags or supermarket boxes.  Rocquette Cider paid 13 pence per kilo or paid in cider for good quality apples received.

James Meller, Managing Director, of Rocquette Cider Co., Ltd. with some of the apples received from Guernsey residents (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Blanchelande Girls’ College main hall was crowded with people sampling Rocquette Cider ice cream, and buying apple and pork sausages from Meadow Court Farm.

A crowded Blanchelande Girls' College hall enjoying music, food and expert apple identification from Ted Hobday of Brogdale Farm (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Apple identification expert Ted Hobday from Brogdale Farm was extremely busy identifying apple varieties.  Brogdale Farm is home to the National Fruit Collections.  It possesses the largest collection of fruit trees and plants in the world.  It has over 2300 different varieties of apples, 550 varieties of pear, 350 varieties of plum, and 320 varieties of cherry, as well as smaller collections of bush fruits, nuts and grapes.

Ted Hobday of Brogdale Farm in Faversham, Kent examines a Guernsey grown apple - one of 8000 possible apple varieties worldwide (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Under a gazebo in the Blanchelande Girls’ College courtyard people were learning to make decorative apples.  Jody Hicks produced a bird.

Jody Hicks with the decorative apple she created (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Jody Hick's decorative apple (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Steve Bacon from the College of Further Education and Michel Bigeard from Délices d’Anjou made delectable apple pastries.

Michel Bigeard of Délices d'Anjou with a basket of apple turnovers (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Michel Bigeard of Délices d'Anjou with a tray of delicious apple and apricot tartlets with almond cream (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Rocquette Cider Co., Ltd. receiving more apples from the Guernsey public (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

A few of the 1500 apple trees planted earlier in 2010 by Rocquette Cider Co., Ltd. These trees are being grown organically. They won't produce fruit for several years. (Click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

Some of the almost 8 tonnes of apples received by Rocquette Cider Co. Ltd. from the Guernsey public on St. Andrew's Apple Day (click image to expand - All Rights Reserved ©RLLord)

2 Responses to “St Andrew’s and Guernsey’s big apple bonanza”

  1. Denise

    Great photo’s showing a great day with such a fantastic community feel :-)

  2. Sarah Brouard

    Great photos, we we so pleased everyone turned out evern though the weather wasn’t great. just shows true Guernsey grit and community spirit

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