We are very excited to announce that we’ll be launching an apple-naming competition at this year’s Enfield Food Festival, after the discovery of a unique type of apple growing on the Farm.
Analysis of DNA samples from the tree’s leaves have shown that the apple tree is completely unique and does not match any known examples in the National Fruit Collection.
Val Dyer, one of our Forty Hall Farm Orchard volunteers, explains how the tree was identified: “There are several old apple trees growing on the Farm but we had no record of when they were planted or what types of apple they are. The fruitID.com project was launched by the world-renowned research organisation NIAB-EMR at East Malling in Kent to help improve the recording of different fruit varieties in the UK. As part of this, we were able to send samples of our apple trees for DNA fingerprinting. We are delighted to have a unique tree growing on Forty Hall Farm, and we have already grafted samples of the tree so we can grow more in the future.”
Graham Welch, who has also volunteered on the Orchard since it started, says that the Orchard volunteers have decided to give local people the chance to name the tree: ‘We thought that a naming competition would be a great way of getting people involved in choosing a name for our unique apple variety. We’re just hoping we don’t get too many suggestions of Appley McAppleFace, as we’ve ruled that out already!’
The apple naming competition will be officially launched at the forthcoming Enfield Food Festival, when acclaimed author Pete Brown – who has recently written a book about the history of the apple and orchards – will be speaking in the Forty Hall Farm Orchard. The Food Festival is a two-day celebration of local food and drink, running from 11am – 5pm on Sunday 26th August and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018. For more information, visit the Enfield Food Festival website.
Competition entry will close on Friday 28th September and the winning apple name will be announced at our Apple Fair event, on Sunday 7th October.