Clumber Park will about all things apples this weekend when it stages it’s Apple Weekend event.
Clumber received its National Collection award for its varieties of apples in 2014 making it just one of five collections of culinary apples in the country.
The status, granted by plant conservation charity, Plant Heritage, has been bestowed on Clumber’s collection of 72 apple varieties in the walled kitchen garden.
For this weekend only, visitors to the park will have the opportunity to take part in apple tasting sessions, family fun games, apple juicing demonstrations and apple-themed tours of the 100 acre Walled Kitchen Garden.
“Our walled kitchen garden has produced a bumper apple crop this autumn and we have varieties from the National Apple Collection, such as the Crimson Bramley and Nancy Jackson, an old Yorkshire variety, which have fruited for the first time with us,” said Chris Margrave, head garnder at Clumber.
“Clumber’s apple weekend allows us to showcase our conservation work, keeping alive these wonderful old varieties - and the best part is our visitors can sample the apples.”
Special guest for the event will be Rob Smith, winner of the BBC2 series, The Big Allotment Challenge, who will be there on Saturday, October 10 from 11am.
“I’m excited to be part of the amazing apple weekend,” he said.
“You’ll be able to hear me explain all about companion planting and how to get the most from your plants, plus some easy to make homemade garden remedies which will save you a fortune.
“Later in the day, I’ll be talking you through the history of Heritage vegetables and why we need to keep these varieties alive.
“This will include me showing you some rare varieties I’ve been growing in my experimental beds, including ultra-rare varieties from the seed guardians at the Heritage Seed Library.
“You’ll also be able to take a catalogue which includes my new ranges of seeds, so you can have a go at growing some of these old favourites at home.”
Apple Weekend will take place on Saturday October 10 and Sunday, October 11.
The event is free but normal admission fees into the park of £6.80 per vehicle will apply.