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Somerset Cider Vinegar Miranda Kerr  

14/08/14 - Miranda Kerr is latest celebrity to use apple cider vinegar

Australian model Miranda Kerr is the latest ‘A’ list celebrity to acknowledge that she uses cider vinegar as part of her healthy living regimen. READ MORE.

Westhay flood

31/07/14 - Somerset floods still keep visitors away

Tourism agencies say that visitors to Somerset are down by 25% this year because of memories of last winter’s horrific flooding. READ MORE.

Somerset Cider Vinegar horse fly

06/07/14 - Make a Apple Cider Vinegar fly trap

The hot dry spell has spawned a plethora of biting insects. Make a simple, pesticide free fly trap with Apple Cider Vinegar. READ MORE.

Somerset pylons

21/06/14 - Somerset pylon plan to be made public

Somerset residents will soon be given the opportunity to comment upon the plan to build 140 new pylons between Bridgwater and Avonmouth. READ MORE.

Cider apples  

13/06/14 - Real cider vinegar helps weight loss

The antioxidants present in cider vinegar made from genuine cider apples can be an aid to anyone looking to lose weight.

Daily doses of diluted apple cider vinegar can lower glucose levels by as much as 6%. This will improve your body’s digestion of food and store fewer calories as fat for later. READ MORE.

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09/06/14 - Traditional cider apples win over dessert and culinary varieties

Cider apple varieties contain more antioxidants, tannins and minerals than the dessert and culinary apples found in supermarkets. READ MORE.


Somerset Cider Vinegar solar farm

31/05/14 - Is it time to burst Somerset’s solar bubble?

Government has announced plans to halt the explosion of solar farms we have seen across the Somerset Moors in the last two years. READ MORE.



19/05/14 - Local worms for the Levels says Somerset Cider Vinegar

Agronomists advising farmers on the Somerset Levels are recommending importing millions of earthworms to return flooded land to good heart. Somerset Cider Vinegar says 'let's collect worms from compost bins around the County'. READ MORE.

Worm bins  

14/05/14 - Apple Cider Vinegar foot soak

Apple Cider Vinegar is an old cure for all sorts of foot problems. Soaking your feet in a dilution of ACV can be helpful in dealing with athlete’s foot, foot odour, cracked and dry skin and all sorts of fungus problems. READ MORE.


06/05/14 - Somerset Cider Vinegar can stop dogs itching

Traditional cider vinegar can be used to rub onto a dog’s skin to help ease itching. All dog owners know that their dogs have periods of excessive scratching which usually coincide with the release of particular pollens ... READ MORE.




03/05/14 - The Cider Vinegar cure for acne

Traditional cider vinegar can restore the natural acidity to human skin and cure problems with spots and acne. Human skin is naturally acidic and cleansers, soaps and toners can disrupt that acidity. READ MORE.


Bridgwater flood  

30/04/14 - Spending on Somerset’s flood defences plummeted by 30% over last four years

A Freedom of Information request has exposed the extent to which government’s spending on flood defences in Somerset had been cut in the lead up last winter’s disastrous floods. READ MORE.

23/04/14 - Somerset’s flood defences inspected by Agency

The Environment Agency has conducted the first ever survey of flood defences in Somerset and the rest of England following the winter storms.

The Agency say that they survey all defences following any floods but this is the first time they have reviewed the whole country. READ MORE.


16/04/14 - Cider Vinegar cures sore throats

Gargling with natural cider vinegar goes a long way to curing the misery of sore throats. Last week, I was hit by a debilitating bout of summer flu; you know the symptoms, rapid body temperature changes, running nose and painful sore throat. READ MORE.


15/04/14 - Ramsons picked in cider vinegar

Cider Vinegar draws out the taste in Ramsons (Wild Garlic) and we are now in the middle of the picking season. The plants grow plentifully in dampish, shady ground – often near Bluebells. READ MORE.

10/04/14 - Elver success in Somerset

Somerset’s Elver fishermen (those blokes you see hanging around rivers with funny baskets) caught more than 1.2 million glass eels (or elvers) in one night on the River Parrett earlier this month. READ MORE.

30/03/14 - What chance another Somerset tsunami?

On a bright and sunny day in January 1607 an 18ft wall of water burst onto the Somerset coast swamped ground as far inland as Glastonbury Tor (14 miles from the coast). READ MORE.


25/03/14 - Traditional Somerset cider orchards survive the floods

There have been some scare stories in the media that the Somerset floods will seriously impair this year’s cider production: but they are no more than that - scare stories. READ MORE.


17/04/14 - Another happy Somerset Cider Vinegar customer …

Meet Oscar the Shire horse. Magnificent isn’t he! He has been suffering with stiffness in his back legs but since putting him on Somerset Cider Vinegar his owner, Patricia Clowser reports that he is now ‘cantering up his field with ease’. READ MORE.



12/03/14 - New sluices and wider rivers for Somerset Levels?

At last the water is receding from the Somerset Levels and Moors. In the space of seven days water on the SSSI’s in central Somerset dropped by well over a metre (see the before and after pictures – the ‘off the scale’ height had been constant since Christmas). READ MORE.


28/02/14 - Dredge the rivers: Somerset has to be a special case

The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that dredging on small areas of the River Parrett will begin in March. They have also floated multifarious plans for future ‘soft’ flood defences that are all designed to slow the movement of water from upland areas that contribute to lowland flooding. READ MORE.

20/02/14 - Somerset floods must not become a political football

Anyone living near the flooded Moors and Levels in Somerset is now totally jaundiced by the constant stream of visiting politicians (and royals) wanting their pictures taken wearing wellies near the worst affected areas. READ MORE.

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Westhay flood  
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Glastonbury Tor    

08/02/14 - Peat digging exacerbates Somerset floods

The time has come for a moratorium on peat digging on the Somerset moors. Government totally failed to meet its 2010 deadline of a 90% reduction in the sale of peat to UK gardeners and is now aiming at 2030. READ MORE.

29/01/14 - Somerset flooding and ‘winter splash’

Since December 2010 the water table for a large area of the Somerset Levels and Moors was raised by as much as 18 inches to create ‘winter splash’ for over-wintering wading birds. What has been the effect on flooding? READ MORE.

22/01/13 - Natural hay fever cure with apple cider vinegar

A customer wrote to Somerset Cider Vinegar recently extolling the virtues of cider vinegar in combating the effects of hay fever with traditional cider vinegar. READ MORE.

07/01/14 - Is 35% apple concentrate enough for a product to be called ‘cider’?

Currently, any product that can prove it contains 35% apple juice can describe itself as cider. There has to be no specification as to what varieties of apples were used, whether they are in the form of concentrate or where they came from. READ MORE.

30/12/13 - An apple a day can still keep the doctor away says the British Medical Journal

If every over-50 obeyed the Victorian dictum of eating an apple every day 8,500 deaths from strokes and heart attacks would be avoided according to research from Oxford University published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published this month. READ MORE.

12/12/13 - Tesco wrong to blame public for food waste

It is totally wrong for the huge supermarkets to try and lay the blame for food waste at the door of the general public. Ask any desert apple grower and they will tell you that supermarkets refuse any slightly misshapen or what they regard as undersize fruit. READ MORE.

Somerset Flooding  

07/12/13 - Government changes to renewable power subsidies threaten ‘community’ projects

The government announced changes to subsidies for renewable energy (called Feed in Tariffs) this week that will effectively put an end to ‘community’ power projects like the solar farm that opened in Wedmore, Somerset last month.

The government wants to spend more on off-shore wind farms and less on on-shore wind and solar sites. Off-shore wind is the most expensive renewable power source and investment will only be open to the huge power companies. READ MORE.


25/11/13 - Erasmus Darwin: the 'forgotten hero' of evolution by natural selection theory

Earlier this month, Alfred Russel Wallace was celebrated as the ‘forgotten hero’ of the creation of evolution theory. Wallace and Charles Darwin worked separately but jointly published the theory of evolution by natural selection in a paper in August 1858.

I think we should give some thought to the contribution to the evolution theory made by Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus. READ MORE.

03/11/13 - Wedmore: local power for local people

The village of Wedmore – well within the local environs of Somerset Cider Vinegar – cut the ribbons on its own £1.1 million, locally funded solar power plant this weekend. READ MORE.


24/10/2013 - Paramore trust in Apple Cider Vinegar

American superstar rock singer Hayley Williams is the latest celebrity to extolle the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis. READ MORE.

18/10/13 - Ash dieback reaches mature trees in Somerset

Ash dieback disease – which threatens 80 million UK Ash trees – has been found on mature trees in Somerset for the first time. READ MORE.

12/10/13 - Bumper harvest for Somerset cider apple growers

“This year is the best cider apple crop, in terms of quality, since 2007,” proclaimed John Harris of West Croft Cider. READ MORE.

Tidal turbine  

01/10/13 - Somerset Levels businesses have a vested interest in renewables

All businesses based on the Somerset levels and moors should have a vested interest in renewable energy writes Neil Champken of Somerset Cider Vinegar. Climate change, rising sea levels and increased flooding will all eat into lowland Somerset over the next couple of decades unless CO2 release is controlled. READ MORE.

26/09/13 - Scrap the duty escalator from cider

Why has George Osborne only removed the 'Duty Escalator' from beer brewers and not cider makers? The escalator charges cider makers 2% above the rate of inflation, every year on every pint. So why does the Chancellor only want to support the beer industry and not cider making? READ MORE.

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