Orchards on the Killerton estate are bursting with apples this autumn and the National Trust rangers and volunteers have been busy harvesting them in time for their annual cider and apple festival on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October.
The frost in May caused concern that the orchards might be bare this autumn but the summer rain has meant the orchards are full of apples, including some varieties like the Killerton Sweet, Killerton Sharp and Star of Devon which are unique to this small area.
Killerton Estate in Devon walked away with the top Overall Drinks Award at the National Trust’s annual Fine Farm Produce Awards, presented at BBC Countryfile Live in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate won the Farming with Nature Award and, in all, 12 National Trust places and products in the South West came away as winners.
Killerton’s annual apple harvest is fast approaching and the National Trust property is calling out for volunteers large and small to help with their ‘Big Pick Up’ weekends. This year looks to be a bumper crop and the trees are heavy with fruit which shows the summer rain was good for something after all!
Come and join us at our ever popular annual cider festival. This year we have 16 ciders and perries plus real ale and ginger beer. As always, some tasty hot and cold food to wash it all down. All proceeds go towards Yeoford Village Community Hall. Yeoford is on the Exeter to Barnstaple train line so no one needs to drive.
Soak in the unique orchard atmosphere at this family festival as we celebrate the annual apple harvest. With children's activities, live music, great food and of course Killerton's famous cider there's something for everyone. £6 adults, £2 children, free to National Trust members and under 5s
August was a rainy month for tourists and locals. There was one upside to the downpours however; the wet weather has made for a bumper crop of apples in the National Trust orchards at Killerton and the trees are heavy with fruit ready to be made into cider.
2014 was a memorable summer, but an apple crop to forget, producing only 3,000 litres of cider. But this year the trees are so full that the National Trust hopes to double its production.