Apple pressing event in Lodsworth

The apple pressing event in Lodsworth. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
The apple pressing event in Lodsworth. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

DOZENS of people in Lodsworth got involved with cutting, chopping, scratting and pommacing.

It was, of course, all in aid of their annual community apple-pressing day held outside the Hollist Arms Pub.

The green in front of the pub became something of an orchard as thousands of apples arriving in wheelbarrows were 
turned into 15 barrels of juice.

An age-old and time-honoured tradition, the events sees apples 
pressed into juice and cider using traditional equipment.

It also pays homage to the history of the area – the occasional apple 
trees in the vicinity remind us that Lodsworth once boasted a large and impressive cider industry.

Residents and entire families of all ages got involved in the process, and even strangers turned up to muck in and use the ancient machinery and see how much work is put in before one can sit down and enjoy a chilled glass of apple juice.

Martin Lester from Lodsworth hailed the day a ‘fantastic success’, with a bumper crop of apples this year.