Hello there and welcome to the Jaspels blog. A little introduction first of all, I’m Janet, one half of the Jaspels cider making team and I’m in charge of the media side of things, keeping you all updated with news and events and all the goings on with the Jaspels and the Anglesey Cider Project.
Where to begin? ….. Well, It’s been a crazy busy and thoroughly enjoyable five months from when we picked our first Anglesey Apple and now we are almost ready to bottle the beautifully fermented fruit as Jaspels Craft Cider.
Following our successful plea via social media late summer 2016 asking for spare apples and pears, our ventures took us all over the island to various trees and orchards. Along the way, we met some amazing people and found some beautiful ‘hotspots’ with the most spectacular views that we would never have had the chance to see otherwise.
It wasn’t long into apple picking that we launched the Anglesey Cider Project. It was fabulous to see so many thriving trees. Some were incredibly old, situated by the side of 17th century cottages and we were very fortunate to come across some established orchards that just needed a little TLC.
Some of those orchards were in Red Squirrel Woodland areas and as Anglesey is an area where the Red Squirrel is protected it seemed an obvious choice to have one as the Jaspels Craft Cider logo. So here he is, meet Jaspel the Red Squirrel… isn’t he fabulous!
We have a keen interest in Welsh Heritage and wish to research apple varieties on the island in the hope that we may find some unique to Anglesey. #AngleseyCiderProject is still in its early stages as we have many trees to investigate. All this will cost time and money and we are hoping that a little funding will help the project move forward.
Our aim is to plant various orchards all over the island with predominantly Welsh Heritage trees. We feel that Anglesey has the right climate and landscape to become a prime cider making destination and as tourism is a main economic factor for the island, tuning into the growing artisan market is a key element for the future. This is also something the Welsh Government wants to promote.
The Anglesey Cider Project requires the help of the Anglesey people to progress. We are keen to hear from anyone with old trees in their gardens or if you know of any established trees in hedgerows, so we can take grafts from the trees and investigate further if the variety is unknown. Some will be chosen to graft and plant into new orchards and this will take approx five years to get a good crop. The project will be carefully managed and documented by ourselves but we would love a few volunteers to help with the planting as and when the time comes.
I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing nicer than rows and rows of apple trees with beautiful blossom before the abundance of apples appear. If you have seen the cider orchards of Hereford and Somerset you will know what we mean, it really is breathtaking.
If you are keen to get involved in the Anglesey Cider Project please email firstname.lastname@example.org