Purbeck Cider Project Wins Top Award
26 March 2011
Four years ago, when National Trust volunteers noticed apples in
neglected Purbeck orchards were going to waste, they decided to try
and do something about it.
Not content with harvesting the fruit for pies or hearty apple
crumbles, they opted to produce a historical South West favourite -
And, using traditional methods including a hand-cranked press,
they set off on a journey that recently saw them scoop a national
award for their helpful work.
The Old Volunteer cider and apple juice produced in a modest
shed in the shadow of Corfe Castle has been
critically-acclaimed and is on sale at National Trust outlets in
Corfe and Studland.
National Trust volunteer Lin Renvoize said: "There are remnants
of small orchards all around Purbeck's National Trust estate and we
thought this was an awful waste.
"All the National Trust volunteers have worked hard on this
project, we've even established a small plantation near Norden,
which we manage."
What began in a small way with no funding is now an established
business, and the volunteers have led the way at every stage.
They plant, prune, harvest, process and even design the
Jon Bish, from the National Trust, said: "Funding from the
National Trust and Natural England has been invested to plant more
than 100 new apple trees and turn a neglected shed into a hygienic
cider barn with cider presses."
The project won the nationwide Marsh Heritage Group Volunteering
Award title and a £1,000 prize, which will be ploughed back into
Lin said: "We have been inspired and driven by each other all
along the way, and we're always including others in our
The group produced 1,200 litres of the cider this season. A
small bottle of the crisp 5.5 per cent drink can be bought for
Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo