Apple Days with Sparsholt’s Apple Collection

Sparsholt College holds a collection of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Apples.

Following the apple harvest in late September, we have planned to display the collection at various local sites during the autumn.

Here are the details:

30 September – ALFI – Alton Local Food Initiative (https://altonlocalfood.org.uk/)
Harvest Feast
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Methodist Church Hall, Alton
Coffee and homemade cakes, soup using local ingredients and bread, apple tasting

1 October – Houghton Lodge (http://houghtonlodge.co.uk/houghton-lodge-gardens-apple-day/) Stockbridge

2 October – Oakley Garden Club for their October evening meeting @ 7.30pm

7 & 8 October – West Green House, Nr Hook (http://westgreenhouse.co.uk/)

15 October – Alresford Apple Festival (https://10times.com/apple-festiva)

21 & 22 October – Winchester City Mill – Apple Harvest Weekend (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/aef3bbe0-619c-486a-94ba-980d57d4ea45/pages/details)

Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College, Winchester, along with some of his former students, will be attending these events. Hopefully, the following local apples will be included in the display: Bramshott Rectory, Howgate Wonder and Sir John Thornycroft.

‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not found in most shops and supermarkets. These are historic apples that were grown eighty or so years ago when the UK was full of orchards. Many orchards along with a large variety of apples have since disappeared.

Chris will also be able to provide skilled advice on Apple Identification.

Martin Burr