Posted on 8th January 2022 at 15:10
If you live in south Bristol you'll be pleased to hear that the trees in the Totterdown Community Orchard have had their demons cast out.
In the ancient ceremony of Wassailing, local villagers gathered to make very loud noises, using pots, pans, wooden spoons and the human mouth and vocal chords, and to drink cider punch.
This is to wake the trees from their winter sleep and inspire them to produce an even better crop of apples for cider this year. We also hung bits of toast from tree branches, to let the trees know we were drinking their health. Some people also poured cider on to the trees, although this struck me as a bit cannibalistic.