Villagers near Lichfield are getting fruity as they celebrate Apple Day at two events.

Whittington’s food market on Saturday (October 15) will feature a wide variety of apples alongside the other locally produced fruit and veg, home-baked bread, meat, cheese, cakes, jams and chutney.

And in the afternoon Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group will be hosting an apple grafting workshop.

Apple and fruit expert Paul Hand will lead the session after he offers up a range of unusual varieties to taste and press to make juice at the market. He will also be selling Staffordshire apple trees, such as the rare Roland Smith variety, originally raised at Weston Park and given to Paul’s father by the head gardener there.

A spokesperson said: “Whittington really does have a very special claim to a place in the pantheon of the English apple. One of the finest crab apple varieties – the John Downie – originates from the village. It was raised by Mr E Holmes in 1875 and named after a Scottish friend of his. There is a fine specimen just outside Whittington Village Hall.”

People are also invited to bring their own apples to swap or give away at the market, which is held in the Bell Inn car park, Main Street, Whittington, from 9.30am to 1pm.

The afternoon workshop runs from 2.30pm to 4pm and costs £5 per person. The price includes a newly grafted tree to take home. To book or for further information contact Mike Kinghan on 01543 432238 or email


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