Events celebrate National Cherry Day as part of campaign to save UK cherries

Cherries were the centre of attention last weekend as dozens of events took place across the UK to celebrate National Cherry Day on 19 July.

The event is the culmination of the first-ever CherryAid campaign - which was launched this spring by regional food expert, writer and broadcaster Henrietta Green.

Green is the brains behind "online farmers' market" FoodLoversBritain, which sells local fresh produce and other regional foods through the website www.foodloversbritain.com.

The aim of the CherryAid campaign is to "save" the British cherry industry, as Green fears that UK-grown cherries are still in danger of losing the fight against imports.

Green said: "Cherries, with their cheery colour, glossy shine and fruity juiciness, are as much a part of our British treasury of fruit and vegetables as the apple.

"Sadly, within the past 50 years, we have lost some 90 per cent of our native cherry orchards and now import around 95 per cent of the cherries we eat."

Among the events that took place were cherry tastings at The New House Farm Orchard near Faversham, Kent, and cooking demonstrations, orchard walks and cherry tastings of traditional varieties at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale.

Daylesford Organic of Kingham, Gloucestershire, planted a cherry orchard, while chefs up and down the country featured cherry dishes on their menus.


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