Apple anniversary

THE 21st anniversary of Apple Day is being celebrated in the Borders on Sunday with a free, family-friendly celebration of that most British of fruits, writes David Banks.

The Harestanes Visitor Centre is hosting the day, which annually attracts hundreds of families to its huge displays of apple varieties, ancient and modern, where youngsters particularly can enjoy tasting freshly-squeezed apple juice and a variety of locally grown apples.

The event is jointly staged by Borders Organic Gardeners, with more than 450 active members on both sides of the Tweed, and Scottish Borders Council.

As well as the famous product itself, experts are on hand to offer organic gardening advice on growing different varieties, pruning and home baking.

There will also be live music, a book stall, children’s attractions and games and apple trees for sale.

Best thing about Apple Day at Harestanes is that entry (and parking) is free.

Apple Day was initiated by a pro-diversity group called Common Ground in 1990, hoping that by linking particular apples with their place of origin, orchards would be recognised and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wildlife they support.

Now, hundreds of local events take place nationally around this time each October.

The Borders event takes place in the courtyard at Harestanes, near Jedburgh (for sat nav, type in postcode TD8 6UQ), from 11am-3.30pm. More details at