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Celebrate Autumn with Apple Day

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency invites you to join them for Apple Day in Peatlands Park, on Sunday 20 October, from 10am to 5pm.

Over 3,000 apple varieties are grown in the UK and Ireland every year and this event is a great way to learn about apple heritage and experience the delights of the fruit first hand.

Colin Gates from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency said: “The humble apple has played a big part in our history and culture for over 3,000 years. St. Patrick himself is said to have planted an apple tree at Ceangoba, an ancient settlement east of Armagh City and William of Orange quenched his thirst with the cider of the Orchard County, before his victory at the Battle of the Boyne.”

Peatlands Park is just on the boundary of Loughgall, an area well known for its orchards and particularly the Bramley Apple. There will be over 100 varieties of apple to sample, traditional crafts, field archery, bee keeping, horse rides, farm animals, cookery demonstrations, and, of course, free train rides all day. For the 'Foodies' among us, some of the finest apple and orchard produce will be available to try and buy. 

This event is free. For more information visit

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