This week we began to harvest our apricots, jostaberries, and redcurrants. Our apricot trees, planted in our Forest Garden, are varieties that do well in northern Europe - namely Flavourcot, Tomcot and Orange Summer. It's the first of these that has had a bumper crop this year, also our most mature tree. These new cultivars have been bred to flower later than traditional varieties and therefore usually escape the late frosts that so often blight apricots in the UK.
This week our Growing Health and Growing Ability projects got together to hold a harvest lunch in celebration of all the wonderful things they've been growing and eating over the year. The weather was glorious and friends, family, staff and volunteers were able to eat outside at tables set out beside the Pavilion.