MONKS at Ampleforth Abbey have been helping gather this year's apple harvest to help make a new batch of their award winning cider.

The apples will be put to good use at the Abbey’s newly updated cider press and together with locally sources apples will be used to create 45 thousand litres of the drink - named‘Cider of the Year’ for the second year running at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink.

The orchard looks set to generate more than 10 tonnes of apples this September, from over 50 apple varieties collected from the orchard’s 2,000 trees.

Father Wulstan Peterburs, procurator of Ampleforth College and the Ampleforth Abbey Trust, said: “The Orchard is one of our greatest assets here at Ampleforth, supporting the charitable work of our community.

"To be blessed with such a bumper harvest continues a great year in the Abbey’s 200 year history as we look to supporting our work over the next centuries.”

Sales of the cider and cider brandy produced by the orchard go towards supporting the work of the Abbey, the UK’s largest Benedictine Community.