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A fruity event at The Beacon next week


Fancy trying your hand at apple pressing? PCH residents are invited to do just that at The Beacon next Thursday, 14 October. 

Homegrown apples from the Beacon Community Garden will be used to squeeze every drop of juice before Autumn sets in. You won’t need to know your Granny Smith’s from your Pink Lady’s, as anyone can pop along from 2pm to 5pm.

Over the years, volunteers have looked after a nursery’s fruit trees and bushes with the help of a professional gardener, Tess Willmott.

Apples and grapes grown as part of the community effort will now be harvested and pressed next week. 

“Everyone is welcome to come along”, said Communities Worker, Leigh Ferguson. “We have purposely moved the session to later in the day so that people can bring their children. Past events have shown that kids really enjoy being involved in pressing the apples.”

Leigh added: “The event is a great way of celebrating the efforts that some key residents have had in maintaining the gardens at The Beacon this year. We’ll be using apples and grapes grown from right here. It’s been great to see how these efforts have resulted in us having something which we can use and share with the community.”

Disruption due to the pandemic has seen the number of regular garden volunteers go down but it’s now hoped that the group can once again welcome more people, especially during warmer months.

Leigh said they are always keen to welcome new members.

Why not pop along on Thursday and find out more about how to get involved with the gardening group. 

The Beacon can be found at: 163 North Prospect Rd, Plymouth PL2 2NE