Working together with the community is a vital part of Grosvenor’s values and following three years of popular Apple Weekend events, this year sees Grosvenor develop the event to encourage the local community to join the fun.
In conjunction with the annual national Apple Day initiative, Grosvenor has joined forces with local schools, villages and Eaton Estate to honour the British apple and celebrate the wellbeing of the local area.
By providing a venue for the community to raise much needed funds for their villages, the Apple Weekend will culminate in a weekend of fun and activity at the garden centre on 24th and 25th October for everyone to enjoy.
During Apple Weekend, the villages of Aldford, Eccleston and Saighton will each have a large container located in the garden centre car park with visitors to the centre and villagers alike encouraged to collect apples from their own gardens and choose a village to support. The apples in each container will then be transformed into juice at Eddisbury Fruit Farm which in turn will be sold to raise much needed funds for each village at their forthcoming events.
Following an enthusiastic response to the initiative, the primary schools from Aldford, Eccleston and Saighton are each producing a collage which will form a display at the garden centre throughout half term (23rd October – 1st November).
And with an a-peeling weekend full of family entertainment planned for everyone to enjoy including a real apple press, cooking demonstrations, food tastings and competitions.
“Working within the community is at the heart of Grosvenor’s ethos and following highly successful celebrations of the humble apple over the past few years here at the garden centre, opening the event to embrace and raise funds for the local area is the next logical step,” commented Iain Wylie, managing director.
“By actively working in partnership with the villages in the neighbourhood and alongside the garden centre, I am delighted that so many people will benefit from this joint venture and hope for great support for the villages during Apple Weekend,” Iain continued.