Apple days and wassailing across the South West

Across the South West there are historic orchards that are looked after by our dedicated teams of gardeners and rangers. This time of year is ideal to explore these fascinating places and to celebrate the great British apple. Here's a round-up of the wassailing which took place earlier in the year: check back in here to find out about apple days in the autumn.

Morris Dancers and a violinist at Barrington Court

Wassailing at Barrington Court

Can you help Barrington Court's apple harvest? Join in the ancient tradition of wassailing the apple trees on Saturday 12 January - encouraging a good harvest by singing songs to bless the trees and making noise to shoo away bad spirits.

A fire in the orchard

Join Saltram's wassail 

The wassail in the orchard at Saltram on Saturday 26 January will help to scare away evil spirits and bless the crop for 2019. Huddle round the bonfire after to sample the fruits of last year’s crop with traditional food, juice and cider.

A view of Glastonbury Tor

Join our traditional wassail this January

The National Trust will be hosting a traditional wassail in the orchards at the iconic location of Glastonbury Tor. There will be storytelling, tours of the Tor and activities for all the family. Join us on the 19 January from 2pm.

Rangers and volunteers pruning apple trees in Branscombe Orchard

Winter apple tree pruning

On Friday 1 February you could pick up your loppers and secateurs and help the rangers care for the fruit trees growing in the Old Bakery orchard at Branscombe.

Sculpture in the orchard

Apple Grafting Weekend

Join us for a weekend of apple grafting at Cotehele on the 17 and 18 February. With over 25 local apple varieties to choose from, our team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you graft your own tree to take home.

A group learning about how to prune apple trees

Apple pruning workshop

On Saturday 23 February you could take part in a hands-on morning in the orchard learning the art of pruning apple trees with the ranger team.