If you have surplus apples in your garden, you can bring them to Riverside Garden Centre so they can be put to good use.
A West Country cider maker specialising in creating drinks using fruit from local orchards will turn them into either 100 per cent natural pressed apple juice or a Bristol blend of cider made only with the city’s apples.
Anyone donating apples will get a choice of free apple juice or cider as a thank you.
The scheme is a collaboration between the Southville garden centre and The Cotswold Fruit Company, behind Bushel & Peck cider and perry.
The project was trialled successfully last year when half a dozen households and one community orchard donated apples weighing nearly half a tonne.
This year the team are hoping to put even more of Bristol’s fruit to productive, local and sustainable use.
Cotswold Fruit Company director, David Lindgren, said: “Bristol is a city that understands cider, so the idea of using surplus local apples to make Bristolian cider seems right.
“And this year’s crop appears be a good one, so there may be a lot of people wondering what to do with their spare apples. If so, we have a solution.
“The small batches of Bristol apple juice and cider we made last year were much appreciated, so we’re hoping we can go further this year.”
How it works:
- Collect 15kg sacks from Riverside Garden Centre as well as address cards.
- Pick apples when they are ripe (the pips are black or dark brown). Please only use good quality fruit.
- Leave the filled sacks and address cards at Riverside on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
- Your free juice will be left at Riverside once the apples have been milled and pressed, within a week or two; the Bristol blend of cider will be ready next spring.
- Depending on how juicy the apples are, you will receive one 750ml bottle of apple juice (or the equivalent volume of cider) for every 8kgs of apples you donate.
- The minimal apple donation required is 8kgs. Fruit is collected weekly throughout the apple harvest season into late November.
Main photo: The Cotswold Fruit Company