Shropshire Star

Cheers! Cider-making fun as Acton Scott heritage farm brews up plans for grand reopening

Volunteers had a taste of cider-making at a county tourist attraction which is brewing up for its grand reopening next year.

Edward the horse plays a starring role in the cider-making process

Acton Scott Heritage Farm, near Church Stretton, is aiming to reopen next spring, with much work going on behind the scenes to offer plenty of educational and interactive experiences to visitors.

Helpers have been key, and some of them were rewarded with a special cider-making exhibition this weekend.

Edward the heavy horse was led around by owner Steve Ledsham as volunteers helped squash the apples so they could be fed into a vintage crushing machine to extract the juice.

Cider-making at Acton Scott

Visitors had a taste of the apple juice produced, which will become cider as it ferments over the coming months.

Altogether, the heritage farm has around 70 volunteers, but they need around 150 to support the farm's activities.