Situated on the Bere Peninsula
We are the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group

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evon is well known for its many apple orchards - and its cider, so it is fair to say that apples and orchards are an important part of local culture. The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group is a non-profit group of local people passionate about apple trees, juice and other kindred liquids! They encourage the rejuvenation of local orchards through best practice and sustainable management, but their dream is to see local apples sold across the board in South-West supermarkets. Bringing back local apples as a viable business will decrease transport miles and enable the community to access the fresh quality juice that is their natural heritage. The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group is based on the Bere Peninsula in West Devon and is mainly concerned with orchards on the Peninsula, formerly a prolific area for fruit production in the last century. We have connections with many of the apple growers in the area and over the border in Cornwall, including the team at Cotehele, an historic National Trust property near Calstock.

Tavy & Tamar Apple Group
Unlimited pressing Power

The three stages to pressing apples are:

  1. Setting up all the kit in a logical ‘production line’ so everything is where you need it to be.
  2. Processing the apples – sort, wash, mill, press, package the juice.
  3. Setting down – clean dry and put away all the kit, wash down the pressing area, dispose of the pomace (what’s left of the apple) and any rejected fruit.

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Years of experience
When Do I Prune My Apple Tree?

Apple trees trained as free-standing bushes are best pruned every winter to ensure a good cycle of fruiting wood. Trees that are not pruned become less productive and congested with old branches. The aim is to create an open goblet shape with a framework of four to five main branches.

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Events

Courses

Meetings

  • Monday, 21st June 2021 8:00 pm
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    Applefest Committee Meeting

    Members are invited to join us at The Olde Plough Inn on Monday 21st June at 8PM. The pub is closed but Sarah will open it for us. The usual rules apply, face-masks on, sign in, sit down. Masks off! It’s table service only on your socially distanced table of six.

    The Agenda

    formalise our discussion as to whether;

    1. We organise Apple Fest in its normal form
    2. No Apple Fest this year.
    3. Some other smaller event such as Pressing People’s Apples at the Church Hall in Bere Ferrers; the latter would keep the group ‘alive’ for our members.
    4. Other suggestions invited.

There's more to us than meets the eye.

Wassailing

A centuries old tradition usually carried out on or around Twelfth Night in which toasted bread and cider are offered to the trees in order to ensure a bountiful harvest in the year to come.

Apple Festival

Celebrating everything to do with apples. Enjoy delicious local food, browse local craft & produce and enjoy the festival games. Apple pressing demonstrations, apple cookery sessions and enter the best apple pie competition too.

Apple Tree Care

Open the centre of the tree by removing larger branches at point of origin with a sharp pruning saw. If several large branches need to be removed, spread the work over two or three winters as very hard pruning encourages even more vigorous regrowth

Hire Our Press

Pressing equipment can be a very expensive investment but for a fraction of the price Apple Group members can hire some of our small-scale professional kit. We give you all the information on how to use the equipment safely.

We're just nuts about Apples
Get in touch if you feel the same.