The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton, Dorset used fruit from its own orchards as well as that of trees in the village to make a cider and an apple juice.

 

Licensees Sarah and Simon Colquhoun took over the pub two years ago and discovered last autumn that they were inundated with fruit from the pub's apple and pear trees. It was the same all over the village, which was generating a huge amount of waste.

The couple approached Pub is The Hub for funding to help turn their own and the village's harvest into juice and cider.

The organisation's community services fund granted them £3,000 toward the cost of the equipment they needed, which meant this year the pub could produce 30 gallons of Buckland Newton Cider, which will be ready to drink early next year, and 300 bottles of Buckland Newton Apple Juice.

"We are thrilled to be creating something very natural and homemade from the community and relieved that we can use all the extra fruit from our collective orchards – there are only so many apple pies you can make," said Simon.

"This would not have been possible without the support from Pub is The Hub and we are very grateful for their community services grant."

Reg Clarke from Pub is The Hub added: "We loved the idea that this is a community juice and cider initiative. It's a great way to bring the community together and to celebrate a natural asset that they have in abundance. We are all looking forward to sampling the cider when it's ready."