On Sunday 7 October RHS Garden Rosemoor held another popular Apple Day. One of the stars of the show had to be Hallwood Farm Fresh Veg and their lovely pigs.
Throughout the day on Sunday there were two orchard pigs in the Fruit Garden Field to entertain and educate visitors, kindly bought by Richard and Ruth Kelsey of Hallwood Fresh Veg. When these pigs arrived in the morning they were nameless so numerous families entered a competition to name them, the prize was a case of Rosemoor Apple Juice. Judged by Rosemoor’s Events Team and Peter Earl, Horticultural Team Leader of the Fruit and Veg Garden Team the winning names are … drum roll please … Rooter and Hooter by the Wilkins Family of Taunton, Somerset.
Rooter and Hooter join the ranks of pig couples from years past such as Blackberry and Apple, Russet and Pippin, Crackling and Rosie! Another very popular suggestion for this year was William and Kate!
On their small farm outside of Petrockstowe Richard and Ruth operate a Fresh Veg Box Scheme and the pigs are vital part of this, eating the ‘waste’ vegetables and then fertilizing the ground for future crops. Rosemoor’s award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant use Hallwood’s vegetables to supplement those grown at Rosemoor. For further information and a look at some of the wonderful produce available visit www.hallwoodfreshveg.co.uk
As well as pigs there was plenty to see including the West Country Wood Carvers creating Apple Day themed items, Westlake Orchards, Orchards Live, Chefs’ Corner from Torridge District Council cooking delicious apple based treats, guided walks of Rosemoor’s Fruit and Vegetable Garden plus illustrated talks on apple varieties and the future of orchards.
If you missed all the fun, don’t worry as this weekend Sat 20 & Sun 21 October plays host to RHS Grow Your Own Autumn Festival, with walks, talks, food and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations and tastings, face painting and even Pumpkin carving on Sunday. All this and more is free with Normal Garden Entry. For more details visit www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Rosemoor/What-s-on/Taste-of-Autumn.