Apple Day comes after successes for scheme

Rob Gooderidge, of the Walled Garden, with the award-winning  stand at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. (130913M1c)
Rob Gooderidge, of the Walled Garden, with the award-winning stand at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. (130913M1c)

Ripon’s Walled Garden scheme is set to showcase the vast variety of apples and pears it grows in its heritage garden on Palace Road.

The Apple Day and autumn plant sale takes place on Saturday, October 19, from 10am-4pm and will give visitors the chance to buy apples and pears and have their own varieties identified as well as watching juicing demonstrations.

Chris Searle, manager of the scheme which provides horticultural training for adults with learning disabilities, said: “We will also be holding our autumn plant sale, there will be other charity stalls plus a coffee morning from 10am-noon, and a barbecue from noon.

“Guided tours and explanations of our work in the community will be available from Walled Garden staff.”

The event comes after a flurry of accolades for the group which included the scheme being presented with a Duke of York Community Initiative award in Bridlington on Thursday last week alongside local groups Jennyruth Workshops and North Stainley 50 Club.

The group also won a Highly Commended Award for its indoor stall at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, led by Rob Gooderidge, which aimed to raise awareness of the work undertaken by Ripon Community Link and the Walled Garden in the community.

The scheme also won a Thriving award in the Yorkshire in Bloom community gardens competition, with the judges saying the work going on at the Walled Garden was what they wanted to see from a community garden scheme.

Workers also helped with a lot of the Ripon in Bloom preparations, focusing mainly on the plant side and maintenance of garden areas 
such as Temple Gardens, which helped the city’s entry win a Silver Award at the Britain in Bloom finals in Cleethorpes.

Mr Searle said: “It’s been probably the busiest and most successful period the Walled Garden has ever known.

“Members, staff and volunteers have worked together to achieve a number of accolades as part of the work we do in the local community.”

– Entry and parking for the Apple Day is free. The Walled Garden is open to the public seven days a week.

c)We work with about 40 people with special needs from the Ripon area, with a staff team of 6, and some hard working volunteers.