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HAPPY HARVESTING: Residents invited to join annual ancient tradition at Chorleywood orchard

 Published on: 18th January 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood residents of all ages are invited to play their part in making sure the village’s harvests are good this year through the ancient tradition of wassailing.

Gathering at the orchard on Chorleywood House Estate on the evening of Saturday, January 27, revellers can look forward to enjoying a night of Anglo-Saxon celebration.

Wassails date back to before Christianity spread across the country, and in the case of the ones that took place in orchards, originated in cider-producing parts of England as a way to chase away any evil spirits in the trees to ensure the fruit harvest in autumn would be bountiful.

This year’s Chorleywood wassail will see a torchlit procession down to the orchard from the Chorleywood House Estate car park, with those taking part singing to the trees and drinking to their health. A king and a queen of the wassail will also be crowned to lead the celebrations.

Chorleywood orchard is always looking for volunteers to help out in the upkeep of the trees. If you are interested and wish to find out more, call 07540 706739 or email

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