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Families enjoy a juicy experience in the gardens.

Byline: Sophie Cross

A TASTE of the country was on offer as crowds of visitors tasted the juiciest crop of autumn.

Families sampled almostforgotten varieties of fruit during Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens' apple day.

Youngsters enjoyed a host of apple-themed activities and competitions while others took pleasure in the Brummie Gems dancers.

The ten-acre, Grade II listed walled gardens contain more than 600 species of plants.

Cash raised at the event went to Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust, a registered charity restoring the Baroque gardens to their former glory.

A rare example of formal English design, the gardens were developed by several generations of the Bridgeman Family, who later became the Earls of Bradford.

They fell into decline during the second half of the last century and were taken on by the trust in 1985.

The gardens also feature a holly maze, which is a distorted mirror image of the maze at Hampton Court Palace.


Bite!: William Butler, aged nine, trying to catch an apple. Tasty: The Brummie Gems molly dancers (from left) Sue Bell, Ros Sneddon, Janer Bailey, Anne Wiz and Pauline Leddy trying apples from the gardens.
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Date:Oct 6, 2009
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