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03rd June, 2019

‘The Woodlanders’, as Bob Mullins, Roger Warwick,Chris Mullins and Mark True are collectively known, take their name from the film of the eponymous Thomas Hardy novel.  The film company wanted to find a traditional cider press for their production.  Leading Somerset cider-maker Julian Temperley provided the press, but he needed a crew to operate it.

“He came across us at the Dorset Steam Fair, the film-makers thought that we looked the part, and we went on from there”, explains Roger Warwick.

“We’ve been performing at Julian’s Apple Day every October, and at the Bath and West ever since.

Modern cider-making is a fairly high-tech business and there aren’t many old-fashioned beam presses still in use commercially, but people like to reminded of the traditions of cider, and we’re only happy to show them how it used to be done.”

Paying tribute to the Woodlanders as they were presented with their award,  Julian Temperley said that the trio – and their late fellow-presser, Pete Shipp, who died two years ago – epitomise the culture which is so much part of the appeal of West Country cider.

“They are wonderful characters, who have done a brilliant job in reminding everyone of the traditions of cider-making, and in attracting visitors to Orchards and Cider.  And they are genuine craftsmen in their dedication to pressing apples the traditional way.”


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