Discover the apples growing in your garden

Apples displayed at Acorn Bank
Published : 23 Sep 2019 Last update : 24 Sep 2019

Apple experts from across the North of England will be coming together for one day to lend their expertise to budding gardeners.

Our Apple Identification Day will be taking place on the 12th October and members of the public are invited to bring along apples from their garden to find out which varieties grow at home.

" Lots of people have a mystery apple tree in their garden. This is a popular opportunity to put a name to the tree and find out about that variety’s history"
- Heather Birkett, Senior Gardener

From 11am to 4pm experts will not only be helping to identify mystery apples but also advising on how to care for the trees growing in your garden.

If you'd like to take part, please bring three apples from each tree along with some leaves from the plant. Information such as the location, age, and blossom colour of each tree would also be helpful. There's no maximum number of apples which can be identified.

Apples at Acorn Bank
Apples displayed on table
Apples at Acorn Bank

There are 175 apple varieties in Acorn Bank's orchard, and many are now available to buy with new apples ripening and becoming available every week until November.

 “Acorn Bank’s apple collection helps to conserve many heritage varieties that are rarely seen in the shops,” says Heather.

“We hope that by giving people access to these varieties and the skills used to look after them, more households will choose to grow a heritage apple variety in their own garden.”

The Apple Identification Day is just one event coming up there which aims to celebrate British apples. You can also take part in apple tasting days, orchard tours and harvest drop-in sessions throughout this autumn. All our events are listed on our 'what's on' page.