Apples have been a part of mythology, religions and cultures for hundreds of years.
They play a part in the Norse and Greek cultures, but something seems fitting about apples in an English country orchard on a crisp October day.
At the weekend, hundreds of families experienced the sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional orchard as they visited the mill’s apple days.
It was a great few celebration, with Sunday in particular blessed with perfect weather for the occasion.
Visitors tasted apples and watched as the fruit was turned to juice before giving it a try and some – like Catherine and Cillian Ryan (pictured) – learnt about the importance of bees and how they pollinate our orchards.
We had some fun games for children to play, but most of all the Apple Weekend was a day out for lots of families in the peace and tranquil countryside of the Styal estate.
Thanks to our gardeners and volunteers for their efforts in putting the event together and for those who supported the days by showing off their trades and produce.
Similar events were held up and down the country and it was lovely to think that we were joining in with thousands of others celebrating that humblest of things – the apple!