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30/09/2012

Duration:
22 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 September 2012

Valentine Warner visits a Herefordshire cider orchard to help harvest the apples. Almost half the apples harvested over the next few weeks will be for cider and it's been a difficult production year so far.
As most commercial and mass cider makers these days rely on foreign imports and use concentrated apple juice, Valentine meets traditional cider maker Dennis Gwatkin, who's family have farmed in the Golden Valley for 120 years. He started out making cider as a hobby but now admits it's a crucial part of the business and can make more profit than the sheep and cattle combined.

Presented by Valentine Warner.
Produced in Birmingham by Clare Freeman.

  • Val Warner & Dennis Gwatkin in the orchard

    Val Warner & Dennis Gwatkin in the orchard

    Working hard with the pranking tool harvesting Morgan Sweet cider apples

  • Propping up the bar: Val Warner & Dennis Gwatkin

    Propping up the bar: Val Warner & Dennis Gwatkin

    Inside the cider house, tasting the fruits of last year's labour!

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