Horticulture students made the most of the season’s bounty when they spent a day making juice in the autumn sunshine. The school’s orchard was heavy with ripe fruit and the students used panking poles to shake the apples and pears from the trees onto tarpaulin sheets. They then selected the best fruits, which they washed, scratted (chopped up) and pressed in a hydropress powered by water from a hosepipe.
The students were rewarded for all their hard work with some of the fresh juice to take home and enjoy. They pasteurised the rest ready to sell. In total, the students made around 75 litres of juice and are already talking about expanding production next year. Over the winter months they will prune the existing trees and plant new ones in preparation for next autumn’s harvest.