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Newbury Apple Wassail and Pruning

20 January @ 10:00 am

Growing Newbury Green presents the 3rd Newbury Wassail, at the Community Orchard at City Recreation ground on Saturday 20 January – starting at 10am alongside the first of 3 planned public pruning events/workshops.

Traditionally a Wassail involves shouting and banging pots to drive away evil orchard spirits, hanging toast on branches and pouring cider on trees to encourage a good harvest in the coming year. Usually performed on 12th Night, there are a few Somerset villages that celebrate later on the 17th Jan because that’s Twelfth Night according to the old Julian calendar, so we’re we’re following this latter tradition this year!

So things to bring with you are: a pot/saucepan and something to hit it with, cider and toast!

With the two orchards at City Rec – our original apple one and the Town Council pear orchard – there’s plenty of space for everyone. We will also have some pre-recorded music for the event.


Come along and find out about the orchards and how we prune them. No experience necessary. If you have an apple tree at home and you’re not sure how to treat it, this is the day for you as we will be giving hints and tips on how to get the best from the trees.

All you need to bring is yourself, decent footware if it’s damp and ideally a pair of secateurs. Other equipment will be provided by us.

Please contact orchards@hammondt.plus.com with any questions or go to www.growingnewburygreen.org.uk to find out about our projects growing free food in public spaces.


20 January
10:00 am
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City Recreation Ground Newbury
Andover Road
Newbury, Berks RG14 6LR
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