Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Apples at Acorn Bank

2008 may not have been the most sensational summer for sunshine, but some things have positively thrived. It has been a great year for lush green grass, wonderfully full rivers, waterfalls and lakes. But best of all, it has been a stupendous season for a bountiful, bumper crop of apples.

Make your way to the National Trust’s Acorn Bank this October to check out some wonderful local varieties in their old orchard. And if you can make it here on the 12th, for their annual “Apple Day”, then it will be your chance to ‘taste them, bob for them, learn how to grow and cook them, hurl them, bowl them and generally enjoy them!’

The walled herb garden here is another fascinating feature containing a vast collection of over 200 different culinary and medicinal herbs. Tender varieties thrive in the lovely lean-to greenhouse, whilst the beds outside provide leafy and floral flavourings for their characterful, traditional tea room.

The well garden’s pool is home to all three species of british newt, and its sunny, flower filled borders are host to many a beautiful butterfly. Beyond lies the wild garden and woodland walk. Here meandering paths wind their way gently down through the ancient oaks to the Crowdundle Beck below. These are the wooded slopes that gave ‘Acorn Bank’ its name, and are as glorious now in their glowing autumn colour as they are in spring when carpeted with golden daffodils.

All aspects of this peaceful garden and estate seem in harmony with their natural surroundings. There can be no finer recommendation or reason to visit.......

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