Volunteers at Sawbridgeworth's Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard pick cratefuls of apples for juicing
There was no Apple Day at the town’s historic orchard for the public this year – but it didn’t stop volunteers picking fruit at the weekend to produce the popular and lucrative juice.
Residents are usually invited to help pick apples and enjoy picnics at Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard (RHSO), off The Crest, but due to coronavirus restrictions that was not possible.
RHSO board member Eric Buckmaster said: “Despite raining all morning and afternoon, we filled 37 crates which will go off to the juicer to produce over 400 bottles of apple juice.
“Juice is available to buy from Full of Beans in Church Street. The proceeds go towards providing equipment to enable volunteers to maintain the orchard for all to enjoy.”
The orchard is holding socially distanced maintenance days on the first Sundays of the month, with tools disinfected between uses.
A juice stall held in Bell Street car park last month was successful and members hope to hold another one before Christmas.