A bumper response to our Little Gaddesden apple appeal

Apple pressing at Little Gaddeseden Local Produce Market.'Jane Christian, left, and Susannah Farnan loading up apples .

Apple pressing at Little Gaddeseden Local Produce Market.'Jane Christian, left, and Susannah Farnan loading up apples .

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Villagers in Little Gaddesden teamed up to collect as many surplus apples as they could on Saturday morning.

The community drive saw bucketfuls of the fruit loaded up onto a trailer from Chiltern Ridge apple press – stationed at the village hall on Church Road – to save wasting the bumper crop.

Jane Christian, who manages the village’s local produce market on the first Saturday of every month, said: “We had so many trees just laden with fruit, but a lot of elderly people in the village need help with picking them.

The glut is the result of this year’s perfect apple-growing conditions.

Jane said: “I have a thing about waste, but sometimes it’s hard to get people onto the right line of thinking.

“I wanted the apple collection to draw attention to the amount of fruit we had.

“I had a brainwave and thought: ‘Rather than it rotting, why don’t we use this?’ “Twelve apples will produce one bottle of juice, and it keeps for up to a year.”

The resulting nectar will be bottled at the press in Chartridge, near Chesham, and returned to the village’s groups and charities to sell for a small profit in a bid to boost funds.