Frank and Marilyn Gardner opened the orchard at Barton House, Cirencester to the public once again on the weekend of 12/13 October 2019. This has become an eagerly anticipated event by many locals as well as attracting passers-by, holidaymakers and people recently moved to the area.
The forecast had been discouraging, but other than an early shower, Saturday was generally fine though overcast. It made for a steady start to the weekend and there were still keen pickers on site until after “closing time”. With the grass well cropped it was easier to move around the orchard and find the available fruit. Not surprisingly, after two years of really heavy cropping, most of the trees were less laden this time round. However it was only later on Sunday that it became less easy to harvest really accessible apples, after a day which was always active and occasionally very busy indeed. We did run out of apple catchers for a while now and then, with many family groups once again attending.
Special thanks go to Tim, Kate and Steve who helped run the sessions, to the Gardners for not only opening up the orchard, but providing the welcome shelter of the gazebo. Also of course for allowing CTWG to take voluntary donations from the public once again. These are a huge plus in helping to keep the group thriving. Our thanks go to all who contributed.