The monks are predicting a bumper harvest this year and a team from the Abbey’s Benedictine community, Ampleforth College pupils and estate staff have been recruited to help get the harvest in before it spoils. It will be put to good use at the abbey’s newly updated cider press and will be used to produce cider.
Father Wulstan Peterburs, procurator of Ampleforth College and the Ampleforth Abbey Trust, said: “The orchard is one of our greatest assets here at Ampleforth, supporting the charitable work of our community.”
New research published yesterday revealed eating fruit every day can reduce the risk of heart and artery disease by up to 40 per cent. Compared with avoiding fruit altogether, daily consumption also cuts the overall risk of death by nearly a third in at-risk individuals.
Few previous studies have focused on the benefits of fruit alone to heart health. Scientists at Oxford University involved almost half a million people from China taking part in a large health and lifestyle investigation.