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Traditional Wassail to be held in Lickey Hills

Traditional Wassail to be held in Lickey Hills Traditional Wassail to be held in Lickey Hills
Updated: 11:20 am, May 07, 2015

A TRADITIONAL Wassail will be held at the Lickey Hills Country Park tomorow (Saturday) along with the unveiling of a new information board in the area’s community orchard.

The event has been organised by the Lickey Hills Country Park Rangers and The Lickey Hills Society.

Those going along should meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane at 4.15pm and the event will run from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Organisers say the trees planted in the orchard in the last two years are maturing well.

Among them are apple, plum medlar, damson, cherry, mulberry and pear trees. Many of them are local varieties which are not commercially available.

The information board has designed by Keith and Simon Woolford of Arch Media under the guidance of The Lickey Hills Society.

It will be unveiled before the wassail, which is a centuries old rural tradition where participants make merry and endeavour in a bid to bring about a good and bountiful harvest.

Those who go along should have a sense of humour, wear warm clothes and wellies and take along something to make a noise to ward off any evil spirits.

Participants can also take with them some apple juice or cider to drink to the health of the trees.

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