On a lovely sunny day in September 2015, Hands on Middlesbrough and Friends of Natures World hosted their annual Apple Picking Event. With support from Middlesbrough Borough Council, the former Natures World site was once again opened to the public and over 150 people came along to pick heritage varieties of apples, plums and pears from the Community Orchard.
The hundreds of organic apples picked (there were still hundreds left!) were donated to Mary Thompson Fund and Teesside Hospice. Below: Scarlet, Chair of HOM and Veronica from Mary Thompson Fund)
Families were encouraged to make their own apple juice using the apple press and also created their own apples and hungry caterpillars at the art table.
Thanks to the support of the families who turned up on the day it all helps try and secure a brighter future for the former Natures World site. It helps demonstrate that families regard Natures World as an asset to the community. The site is a haven for wildlife and a resource for food which can help a number of charities. This free event gave children the opportunity to pick their own food, learn about where it comes from and even take some of the apples home to bake crumbles with their parents.
The Natures World site has so much potential to benefit Middlesbrough residents.