The Gaggle of Geese at Buckland Newton in Dorset has created its own cider in a village-wide community venture with support from rural pub champions, Pub is The Hub.

Simon and Sarah Colquhoun who own and run the Gaggle of Geese pub have collaborated with the community to produce Buckland Newton cider using apples from their four acre garden as well as apples from the village garden orchards.

The couple took over the pub two years ago after it had been closed for three years. Following a ten month refurbishment, the pub reopened in May 2018.

During the first Autumn they were open they were inundated with a glut of apples and pears from their own orchard and soon learned that trees in the rest of village were the same, generating a huge amount of wasted fruit.

Simon and Sarah applied for Pub is The Hub community services fund. Now, with a grant of £3,000 toward the cost of the kit they have become proud owners of a scratter, a hydropress and all the equipment  needed to complete the pressing.

Last Autumn, the local community  brought their windfalls and leftover fruit to the pub, and combined with their own fruit, Simon and Sarah created several batches of Buckland Newton Apple Juice filling 300 bottles and they are being sold in the pub and local shop.

Now, the last batch of juice is being made into 30 gallons of Buckland Newton Cider that will be ready in the new year.

Simon Colquhoun said: “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.”

Pictured from left: Simon and Sarah Colquhoun at the Gaggle of Geese

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