East Lothian cider maker Thistly Cross is offering people who donate spare apples for its range of Scottish ciders a free bottle in exchange for each bucket of apples donated.
The Dunbar-based company said it would accept most varieties, apart from crab apples. Head cider maker Peter Stuart told the BBC, “We have a tradition of using apples grown across Scotland from a wide range of sources including professional apple growers, schools, large estate owners and the general public who grow apples in their gardens at home.
“Our popularity is increasing but Thistly can’t make all the cider it wants to without the help of the public. Our unique system of using donated apples also eliminates the waste that is all too often associated with the food industry of modern times.”
The company exports its cider around the world.