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Gildernew celebrates Orchard County Bramley success

6 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has joined in with the bicentennial celebrations of the Bramley Apple at a visit to Chapman's Farm Fresh in Armagh.

Chapman's Farm Fresh marked Bramley Apple Week with two days of celebrations on 6 February and 7 February at their premises between Portadown and Armagh. This year marks 200 years since the pip that grew into the first Bramley apple tree was planted in Nottinghamshire. A number of activities are planned locally to celebrate the Bramley Apple bicentenary throughout 2009.

Following a tour at Chapman's Farm Fresh the Minister said:

"Bramley apples have been an important part of our food culture across these islands for the last two hundred years and I am delighted to be involved in the local celebrations to mark their bicentenary. The Bramley has a long history of production in Armagh and I wish to thank Brian Chapman for including me in his celebrations of the Bramley this weekend. It is great to see its importance promoted through this event and indeed other celebratory events planned throughout 2009.

"It has been very encouraging to meet with key people involved throughout the Bramley apple supply chain from growers to packers and processors and a retail outlet. This close association can only be of benefit to the local Bramley apple industry. My Department continues to work closely with the apple sector in the North helping them to meet the many challenges facing the industry. DARD offers ongoing support with technology transfer, training and supply chain development." ENDS

Note to Editors

The local apple industry has planned another weekend of celebrations for all the family on 8 May and 9 May. This and other events to mark the Bramley apple Bicentenary will be promoted throughout the year.

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