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Apple Day, Kingcombe

Kingcombe is located in the west of the county, tucked deep amongst greensand hillocks and approached by small winding lanes. At its heart is an area of farmland that has survived virtually unchanged for more than a century, farmland that is probably still much the same as it would have been in medieval times. The scientific importance of the area prompted the Dorset Wildlife Trust to buy several hundred acres of this farmland, creating the Kingcombe Meadows Reserve. Most of the reserve is designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and lies on the doorstep of the Kingcombe Centre – a study centre run by the Kingcombe Trust, a charitable body.

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Apple Day (traditionally October 21st) celebrates the many hundred varieties of apple that can be found across the country, barely a handful of which now appear on supermarket shelves. Tastings, identification sessions and stalls selling apple produce are all part of this one-day event held at many venues nationwide. Taking advantage of the SSSI nearby, the Kingcombe Centre was able to add a guided nature walk around the reserve to the list of activities on offer on this special day in their calendar.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Centre staff offer samples of lesser known apple varieties to taste (picture)
  • Just six of the several hundred varieties of apple still to be found across the country (picture)
  • The Kingcombe Centre ... (picture)
  • ... very much geared towards providing practical experience of the environment (picture)
  • A guided walk across the Kingcombe Meadows reserve led by the Centre Director ... (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • ... hunting for cone-head crickets ... (picture)
  • ... and examining the trees in search of unusual insects (picture)
  • Serving suggestion for apples – a ploughman's lunch, prepared at the Centre (picture)
  • Apples ripening in the Centre's orchard, mid-autumn (picture)
  • At the end of the day, looking across Lower Kingcombe, BBC World Service transmitters in the distance (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionFrampton and Bradford Peverell



More views of Dorset in September

Other sites on the web

Dorset Wildlife Trust:   Kingcombe Meadows reserve is owned and managed by the Trust

The Kingcombe Centre:   environmental charity running a variety of one-day and residential courses based in Lower Kingcombe

Common Ground:   more about Apple Days, including details of venues, dates and events across the country

The Dorset Page:   Lower Kingcombe – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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