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The Berry Man meets the Nurseryman
We were invited to attend Apple Day at Borough Market in London this year. It is an annual event that takes place in the market at the end of October and celebrates the nations favourite fruit. It also coincides with the October Plenty harvest festival.
Traditionally the stalls have mainly focused on the apples themselves and other fresh produce, but we were invited to take a pitch and show off some of our trees and other plants. We don't actually get much of an opportunity to get off the nursery and since we sell all of our fruit trees and fruit plants online we hardly ever get to meet our customers face to face. We jumped at the chance and duly turned up at the market at 8am (on a Sunday!) and were faced with the immediate problem of how to get a 12 tonne lorry through the narrow streets at the market, and find a parking space!
Borough Market is actually next door to Southwark Cathedral who help celebrate Apple Day, beginning with their 11am Eucharist and other activities throughout the day.
The Lions Part Theatre Company were also on hand to help celebrate the October Plenty harvest, leading a procession from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and finishing up in the market itself. By far the most interest was drawn by The Berry Man (the autumn incarnation of the Green Man) who carries an apple tree to be planted somewhere in the Bankside area.
In the picture you can see what happened when the Berry Man met the Nurseryman along with his own apple tree. I think our tree was bought to be planted somewhere in NW6 though!
We weren't the only people taking pictures with the Berry Man on the day, although I am fairly sure that we were the only people to be able to identify all his autumn foliage!
It was a really great day, and a genuine pleasure for us to get out and meet some of our customers, and maybe introduce ourselves to some new ones.
I think that the most surprising thing of the whole day was the amount of people who were prepared to carry their apple trees home on the Tube!
The Berry Man meets the Nurseryman ( photo / image / picture from grownforyou's Garden )
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Sounds like a great day, but the photo isn't there.
I seem to be having that problem at the moment!
I like the Berry Man. I have a small collection of three Green Man images but have never seen the Berry Man before.
Glad that is fixed!
That's a great costume for camoflauge!
Mine or the Berry Man? :)