It’s as easy as apple pie at Cogges Manor Farm in West Oxfordshire
Apples were the theme of an annual Autumn event in West Oxfordshire to mark the agreement that gives schools, season ticket holders and visitors continued access to Cogges Manor Farm near Witney.
The tradition of the event is not a long one in historic terms - it dates back to the original agreement between the County Council and Cogges Heritage Trust in 2011.
A basket of apples is a 'Coggesy' version of a traditional 'peppercorn' rent – which is always received by the County Council Chairman, this year Councillor Zoe Patrick.
Trustees have presented the rent every year on or around Michaelmas Day, which marks the start of the farming calendar. This year the event took place on Thursday, October 5.
Children from Year 4 at the neighbouring school, The Blake C of E School, presented the rent on behalf of the trustees as they have in previous years. The event has become as much a part of their new traditions as those at Cogges - especially as it is followed by a drink of apple juice and a slice of apple cake.
Councillor Zoe Patrick said: “I was delighted to listen to the poetry which had been written by the children from the local primary school and to hear their harvest songs which was part of this traditional annual ceremony. Receiving the basket of apples which had been home grown in the orchard at Cogges Manor Farm made it a day to remember.”