PUPILS at Heathcoat Primary School got a taste of the Autumn this week when they made apple juice fresh from their own orchards.
Thousands of apples were needed to produce 328 litres of juice and children joined the Friends of Heathcoat School on Thursday 6 October in picking, processing, and bottling.
The juice making was part of the school's annual environment day and pupils were dressed as farmers or farmyard animals as they learnt about their surroundings and how to be more environmentally friendly.
Teacher Mark Ferdinando who presides over the eco-awareness of pupils said: "We find that children don't always understand ways that they can help the environment, so we are educating them about it today.
"I think the students will have more respect for their surroundings, and why we need to look after it."
Friends committee member Roz Thomas added: "It was an idea to raise funds for the children, and make some tasty juice.
"I didn't know a thing about the processes involved before the day, but now I know a lot and the children have enjoyed all the noisy machines and learning throughout the day."
Molly Singleton, 10, said: "It's a lot better than what you can buy in the shops as it's pure apple juice and has no preservatives.
Kai Damerell, 10, added: "It's really tasty and better than ordinary apple juice.
"I think we should thank the Friends for coming in and making something really tasty."
The logo on each of the bottles was designed by fiver-year-old Millie Gubby. Millie's parents, Heidi Manton and Robert Gubby from Bucks Fizz ordered nine bottles. She said: "Our daughter is getting into advertising at a young age and
seems to be better than her dad already.
"We're very proud parents and have made sure we have enough bottles for the whole family."
Sampford Peverell Sustainable Villages group helped during the day and offered more apples to be processed as well as providing equipment.
Jill Gail from the group said: "We bought the machinery with a grant so different organisations throughout the area can produce apples.
"It's a windy day, so it's been a bit slow today but the children have loved it as far as I can see, and I'm sure their parents will like it too."
As well as making juice, pupils took home apple crumble they had made, created a banner of wool using the colours of the season, and made art using materials found in the natural environment.
As part of their art pupils hunted for items with colour in such as leaves, grass, flowers and acorns.
Alicia Farley 10, said: "We had to pick three different colours, and then we went outside to find things with that colour for our art palettes.
"It's going to look very colourful when it's finished."
Josh Elliott Smith, 10, added: "I've learnt that you don't just need paints and pens for art, and you can use what is around you like leaves and twigs.
"There are a lot of reds, browns and purples during this time of year, and today made me see how colourful this time of year is."