Apple Day

Apple Day 2013

This year’s Apple Day will be held 11am – 4pm on Sat 12th October 2013 at Vestry House Museum Gardens.

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Apple Day in 2012 was held on Saturday 13th October at Vestry House Museum Gardens, Vestry Road, Walthamstow Village, London E17 9NH

This celebration of everything “appley” drew over 1,200 visitors to the splendid gardens of the Vestry House Museum.  Attractions included apple displays, tasting, pressing & bobbing, and candle rolling. For kids there was a special activity tent which will include making their own apple themed headdresses, and the ever popular facepainting.

A selection of apple varieties plus locally produced honey, jam and chutneys as well as tea/coffee, juices and home-baked cakes and desserts was available for sale.  And. in addition to the usual range of refreshments, visitors could slake their thirst at the organic cider bar!

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or contact Paul at the Hornbeam Centre on 020-8558-6880

Apple Day 2010


We are grateful to the following organisations who generously donated raffle prizes for our 2011 Apple Day:

  • London Farmers’ Markets
  • OrganicLea/Hornbeam Café
  • Wiilliam Morris Gallery

and the following Orford Road businesses

  • Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors
  • Edufantastic Toys
  • Spar


The following organisations each received £250 from surplus 2011 Apple Day funds :

  • Practical Action:
  • Brooks Farm (Leyton):
  • Vestry House Museum Gardeners
  • Sprout There (Wanstead)

Why do we have Apple Day?

Apple Day was originally created as a way of celebrating and demonstrating the variety we are in danger of losing – not simply in apples, but richness and diversity of landscape, place, ecology and culture too. Its success has shown what the apple means to us and how much we need local celebrations in which, year after year, everyone can be involved. In city, town and country, Apple Day events have fostered local pride, celebrated and deepened interest in local distinctiveness.

Do you have too much fruit?

Organiclea runs a ‘scrumping’ project in Waltham Forest to make use of the amazing abundance of fruit in the borough at this time of year. Many of the apples to be pressed on Apple Day will be locally picked, including some from Vestry House Museum’s own tree! If you have more fruit than you can handle, why not bring your surplus along on apple day? Or if you are unable to pick it yourself, contact Organiclea who can come and pick it for you. Call 020 8558 6880 or email The fruit is used to make juice at community events and to sell on market stalls and any money raised is fed back in to this local project.

Apple Day event in 2011 was organised by the Hornbeam Centre, OrganicLea, Vestry House Museum, and Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association




Apples for Afghanistan Appeal

Several areas of Afghanistan are currently experiencing a devastating drought. Clean water is scarce and crops and livestock are suffering. With wheat yields low, livestock dying and the price of food at local markets rising this is likely to be a very difficult winter for many of the communities Afghanaid works with.

As the UK apple harvest gets into full swing and the our green grocers’ shelves fill with plump, juicey fruit we’re looking for Afghanaid supporters to help our Apples for Afghanistan appeal by holding Apple Parties in their own homes and communities.

  • Spend a Sunday baking and cheer your colleagues up with a Monday morning cake sale
  • Invite your friends round for a simple coffee morning or lavish dinner party
  • Organise an event in your local community / mosque / church hall full of apple dishes and games

Afghanaid will help by providing you with an Apples for Afghanistan party pack, all we ask is that you take a bit of time to talk to your guests about Afghanaid’s work and take a collection at the end of your event.

More information here.