Cider business collects tons of fruit

Simon McDonald with some of the apples collected from the lancaster artea to produce cider for Lancashire Cider Ltd based at Hillside Farm, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe.
Simon McDonald with some of the apples collected from the lancaster artea to produce cider for Lancashire Cider Ltd based at Hillside Farm, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe.

A LANCASTER cider making business has collected two-and-a half tonnes of fruit from apple tree owners.

Simon McDonald, from Lancashire Cider Ltd, is pictured with some of the 15,000 apples he and business partner Gareth Ellis collected in gardens from Sunderland Point to Warton over the past few weeks.

Simon said he had an amazing response from apple tree owners after the Lancaster Guardian ran an appeal last month, and would like to thank everyone who contacted him with offers of spare fruit.

“A lot of people make use of their fruit but many said there were only so many apple pies they could make,” he said.

“We’ll be returning the favour by doing some tree pruning and offering some advice, and of course offering a free sample of the finished cider in the spring.”

The company, which was founded in 2009, is growing slowly and nearly 400 trees have now been planted on a farm at Heaton-with-Oxcliffe.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-09-11) for full story.