Gillespie Park Apple Day: Community comes together for heritage snacks and sustainability

Apple bobbing with sisters Nicola-Rose, six, and Sophie-May Burdett-Rowan, eight. Picture: Polly Han

Apple bobbing with sisters Nicola-Rose, six, and Sophie-May Burdett-Rowan, eight. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

The community celebrated “sustainability” and British apples in Gillespie Park on Sunday.

Rodrigo Lorenzo, four, does some apple bobbing. Picture: Polly Hancock

Rodrigo Lorenzo, four, does some apple bobbing. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

The annual event saw fruit fans descend on the Isilngton Ecology Centre, which is nestled in the park, for an afternoon of live music, games and all things apple.

It included apple tasting and pressing, a collection of heritage snacks from Brogdale National Fruit Collection, and activities highlighting the problem of food waste.

Making fruit kebabs, the Karaman family from left Ali, Kaussar, Mukhtar and Almasbek. Picture: Polly

Making fruit kebabs, the Karaman family from left Ali, Kaussar, Mukhtar and Almasbek. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Speaking ahead of the event, Pat Tuson, of Friends of Gillespie Park, said: “You’ll be amazed at how many varieties of apples there are, come along on Apple Day and enjoy them.

“Heritage apples will be on sale throughout the day and apple themed fare can be bought from our popular Sunday Cafe in the Eco Centre.”

Making apple bird feeders with Hilary King volunteer at the Garden Classroom, pictured from left Ani

Making apple bird feeders with Hilary King volunteer at the Garden Classroom, pictured from left Anisa, 10, Beatrice, eight, and Esme, eight, with Hilary King. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant


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And even Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North MP and Labour leader, joined in and pressed some apples with excited youngsters.

The event was a joint venture run by FGP and the Islington Ecology Centre.

Jeremy Corbyn presses some apple juice. Picture: Polly Hancock

Jeremy Corbyn presses some apple juice. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

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