HUNDREDS of visitors got stuck into a range of activities celebrating the wonder of the British apple.

Community Interest Company Together We Grow hosted its annual apple day as part of National Organic Month at its garden in High Woods Country Park, Colchester.

Gardeners got the chance to sample some of the fruits and even bring their own apples from home for juicing using a special bicycle-powered apple pressing machine.

Wayne Setford, Together We Grow founder, said: “We had an absolutely amazing number of people come along.

“It is a great community event showcasing some of the work we do here at Together We Grow.

“It is really a way to engage with people and to get them to engage, in turn, with nature.

“It is a low-fi sort of day, where there is no real sign of technology or phones, just simple fun.”

He added: “Together We Grow took over this site a couple of years ago.

“We have been running programmes here to improve wellbeing.

“In the last year we have been working with the armed forces and schools and charities.”

Visitors to the gardens enjoyed activities including apple tasting, apple pressing and smoothy making.

There were traditional games including welly wanging and splat the rat.