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Bringing the past alive – Wassail (17th January 2015)

March 16, 2015

The purpose of a wassail is to awake the apple trees and to scare away any evil spirits so that (hopefully) we will have a good harvest of fruit in the autumn. The health the trees is ‘toasted’ using a bottle of  apple juice and cider. On this occasion the attending princes and princesses (children) soaked toast in cider and placed these amongst the boughs of the orchard trees.

The wassail concludes with a lot of noise such as firing guns (or in our case party poppers) into the trees and banging on pots and pans to ward off bad spirits from the orchard and encourage the good spirits to provide a bountiful crop for the following year. Trust me it’s a lot of fun so do pop a note in your diaries for 2016 and next years gathering.

Staff and volunteers celebrate wassailing our orchard

Staff and volunteers celebrate wassailing our orchard

Visitors enjoy the ancient ritual of wassail

Visitors enjoy the ancient ritual of wassail supported by Fraser Deans (Out-doors engagement officer)

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