Pip pip - up the apple and pears

Fruity time: Mary Shackleton with a box of apples and pears at the Wortley Hall event .               Picture: Steve Ellis.
Fruity time: Mary Shackleton with a box of apples and pears at the Wortley Hall event . Picture: Steve Ellis.

A DAY in celebration of the humble apple was held at a public garden in Sheffield.

Wortley Hall Walled Garden held its first Apple and Pear Day to tie in with National Apple Day, a campaign to restore and create new orchards.

More than 400 visitors were treated to food and drink made with fruit grown on site, including apple and pear juices and a tasty pear and ginger cake.

People also had the chance to try their hand at juicing, with everyone getting involved in the chopping and pressing of the fruit.

Orchard tours were run throughout the day and information was given about the fruit varieties grown there, including 50 types of apple.

Darrell Maryon, head garden project manager at Wortley Hall, said: “We have been restoring the kitchen garden at Wortley for about seven years now.

“This is the first year we have had fruit off almost every tree.”