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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 here, conservation charity 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 was held on October 21st 1990 in the old Apple Market in Covent Garden. Since then Apple Day has been celebrated every October 21st and has spread across the UK through nurseries, fruit farms, restaurants, National Trust and RHS gardens, museum, art centres, community groups and schools.
Apple Day provides 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. Linking the apple with the orchard affirms our reliance on the land and the importance of a healthy relationship with nature. British orchards should be contributing to Britain’s food security at a time when 90% of our fruit is imported.
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