What is the Frome Apple Group?

In 2008, the Frome Apple Group was set up with the aim of promoting apples in Frome life, as a source of food and drink, and also income.

Its goals are also to protect the apple tree as a wildlife host, and appreciate the historic and cultural value of our apples and trees, finding ways to share the poetry and stories they have inspired.

What does the Frome Apple Group do?

There are a number of things that the group will aim to do, throughout the year, depending on what we can organise. They include:
• celebrating Apple Day
• mapping apple trees in and around Frome
• communal processing
• learning more about how to take care of apple trees (through pruning workshops, for example).

Mapping apple trees

We started mapping trees at the Green Fair in 2009. The results can be seen on the Apple Day website.

More trees will be added all the time, when people tell us about trees they have or know of. If you have a tree, please let us know, via the mapping website.

Communal processing

Dealing with excess apples can be hard work. Getting together with other people in the same situation to press apples into juice or cider, dry them into ‘leather’ for preserving or sell them on communally could be a more fruitful way of dealing with a big harvest. Sign up to our email list to find out when events are being organised.

About Apple Day

Apple Day is celebrated nationally on 21st October each year. We hold an event each year, working with a different school in Frome each time, as a way of taking the celebration to a different group of people. The event is always open to the public and brings together the school and wider community in a free event, that is all about having fun.

This year it will be on Sunday 7th October, at Trinity First School, and we need help organising it and running the event on the day. Find out more about it on the Apple Day website.

Find out more about what’s on

How you can get involved or participate in our events?

Anyone can come along to the events we organise. If you would like to get involved with the group, then we are always glad to have more people to help organise activities. What we’d really like are: • volunteers to help at Apple Day • people who can organise communal processing • people to tell us what apples they have.

To sign up for the email mailing list, email helenjohnstone@yahoo.com, giving your name - and ideally telling us a little about your interest in the group. Do you have an apple tree? Do you feel passionate about making the most of our home-grown produce? Do you just want to be sure you know what is happening? Sign up and join us.