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Fruity shrunken heads are a feature at trust's harvest fair

Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Thousands of visitors made an annual harvest fair at a National Trust estate near Shrewsbury a resounding success, the organisers have announced.

Attingham Park in Atcham held the Walled Garden Harvest Fair on Saturday and Sunday, combining a produce show with an apple-themed weekend of events.

Good weather helped bring people to the event in their droves, with more than 4,100 attending over the two days.

Highlights of the harvest fair included children carving their own 'shrunken heads' from apples and visitors watching apples from Attingham's own trees being pressed in the orchard.

A produce show also provided the chance for people to enter competitions for their heaviest pumpkin or most unusual vegetables in the hope of winning a prize.

A range of stalls sold a host of homemade goods such as jams, chutneys and garden-themed cupcakes.

Debbie Simmonds, engagement gardener in the walled garden at Attingham Park, said: "It went really well and the weather was very kind to us in general, which definitely helps visitor numbers.

"There were lots of people strolling around by the apple presses and produce show and it was nice to see such a relaxed atmosphere throughout the weekend."

She added: "We've had an apple day for a number of years but decided three years ago to incorporate a produce show into it to broaden the appeal it has."

For further details on Attingham Park call (01743) 708162 or the information line on (01743) 708123. Alternatively visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham park

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