We are delighted to be hosting the Painswick Orchard Group's splendid apple press and juicing equipment once again this autumn. Whether you have an orchard or just a single apple tree laden with fruit, you can bring your crop up to the Garden on an operating day and leave with bottles of juice.
So how does it work? Well, first the apples will be pressed by you, with the expert guidance of our friendly team of staff and volunteers. Your juice will then be pasteurised and bottled, ready for you to take away. All we will ask for is a contribution towards our costs of £2 per bottle (£1 if you bring your own bottles) on top of normal admission to the Garden if you choose to visit. You can bring a minimum of three large buckets of fruit and a maximum of 100kg.
We will be operating the press every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 2nd and 30th October. After the popularity of the press last year, we are operating an online booking system to help keep things organised. You can book a morning session (11am) or afternoon session (2pm) on each juicing date, excluding Sunday 21st October. Our team will also be pressing our own crop of apples from the Orchard at quieter times. Click these links to book a morning session or afternoon session.
If juicing your own fruit isn't your bag, then we would be delighted to accept any donations of apples which we will juice ourselves and sell in our shop to support our conservation work. Please contact our Head Gardener Roger via firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery - we may be able to collect larger quantities.
We're on the lookout for friendly new people to join our team, so if you've a bit of time on your hands and would like to join in, have a look at the volunteering page on our website for details of current vacancies.
October climaxes with our Family Autumn Festival, which features seasonal displays of produce, family apple activities and a daily competition to find our hidden golden apples. Read more about the Autumn Festival here.