Willow Tree Primary School, Harrogate
Willow Tree Primary School, Harrogate pupils sample different apples

Local school pupils help celebrate National Apple Day

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Primary school pupils from across the region will gather at the in Harrogate today (18 October 2016) to celebrate National Apple Day with a host of activities.

Around 170 youngsters from six schools will use the showground’s orchard as their focus for a wide range of hands on workshops ranging from apple juicing, to learning about the many different varieties as well as putting their crafting skills to the test.

The day has been organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society as part of its year-round work raising awareness amongst children and young people of the role British producers play in growing our food and in caring for the countryside.


Clifford Cain , YAS Apple advisor with pupils


Elizabeth Hudson, the Society’s Charitable Activities Manager said:

It’s National Apple Day on Friday 21 October 2016 and to celebrate this special we have invited children from around the region to our apple extravaganza day. It will be apples galore where pupils will be able to see and taste a huge range of varieties.

They can have a go at everything from apple pressing, to making a baked apple to learning more about the dozens of Yorkshire varieties.

The showground has an orchard with 40 different types, providing a great base for the day and an opportunity for us to help children to learn more about how our food is produced.




Schools attending are:

  • Ireland Wood Primary School,
  • Lilycroft Primary School, Bradford
  • Appleton Roebuck Primary School,
  • Snape & Thornton Watlass Primary School, Bedale
  • Willow Tree Primary School, Harrogate
  • Embsay C of E Primary School, near
  • Peel Park Primary School, Bradford
  • Hackforth & Hornby C of E Primary School, Bedale
  • St Patrick’s Academy, Sheffield.


Willow Tree Primary School children in the Orchard at the Yorkshire Showground
Willow Tree Primary School children in the Orchard at the Yorkshire Showground


Mrs Alice Burrow, teacher at Willow Tree said:

The children have been finding out about the different uses of apples today.

They have had an opportunity to try baking with apples, tasting many different types and even picking from the orchard in the Yorkshire Showground.



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