April Newsletter

(photo credit: orchardstown)

This year has thrown all festivals a challenging curve ball in the form of COVID-19. Sadly, a lot have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. As Applefest takes place in September, we remain optimistic and hopeful that we will be able to go ahead with our festival on the 25th – 27th September as planned.

In the meantime, we are busy trying to make plans in this period of uncertainty. This year’s Applefest will be under the theme ‘Wild at Heart’ and we are currently inviting suggestions or ideas to incorporate into our festivities. We are excited to have a dedicated committee this year of Theresia Guschlbauer, Lyn Mather, Elke Wilson, Jenny Cox, Theresa Ryan, Neil Dennehy, Sarah Furno, Helen Armitage and Shannon Forrest.

Our ‘Adopt an Orchard Tree’ planting scheme goes from strength to strength with 130 trees planted to date in 5 locations along the river Suir. 110 of these have been dedicated to mostly Clonmel citizens past, present and future. We were incredibly disappointed to see some of the supporting wooden stakes had been taken from the trees along with the dedicated plaques, but happily nearly all of these have been restored and we continue to look after the trees to the best of our ability.

At this time of year, our apple trees are coming into blossom. These blossoms will be cross-pollinated by bees and other insects and will eventually become apples. An exciting time of year! And very important for us to remember to look after our bees by leaving dandelions and wild flowers where we can.

To all our Applefest followers, stay safe and be sure to sign up for our next newsletter x