A CHARITY APPLE picking event in Stunts Green was given a helping hand this weekend from 15 Canadian University students who are based at Herstmonceux Castle.
The students helped raise funds for the Herstmonceux Allotment Association (HAA) by joining in its annual apple-picking day at Greenways Fruit Farm, where the small-holdings are based.
Farmer Graham Love lets allotment-holders, as well as their family and friends, pick apples from his extensive orchards, with the proceeds of their labours being donated to the HAA.
In 1998 Mr Love, who is President of HAA, turned over one of his fields so that villagers could have some land for their allotments, which are now managed by the village’s Parish Council.
This year the Canadian students, who are based at the local castle were invited to join in, and they helped the association’s member pick a total of 19 crates.
Refreshments were provided in the farm’s barn and as well as games and activities for children. The event raised more than ?250 for the association.
George Taylor, chairman, said: “We had fantastic weather for the event and around 50 to 60 people turned out to help with the picking. It was really great that the Canadian students joined in, they were really enthusiastic.
“The event is one of the main fund-raising events for HAA and allows us the funds to purchase items and equipment that plot-holders think will be useful.
“We are still a relatively young organisation, as we have only had three growing seasons so far on the farm, but it has been very successful so far.
“It is great that we can get the opportunity to help bring in Graham’s crop because it feels that we are all working together.”
It is expected that some plots will become available at the end of the year so people interested in becoming allotment holders should contact Janet McInness at Herstmonceux Parish Council.
The attached photo was taken by Anneka Emery.