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Orchards and Fruit Growing

Orchards and Fruit Growing

Through working together to create and maintain our small orchards, as well as our soft fruit and food-growing areas, there is fantastic opportunity to make a real difference. These areas give us opportunities for growing and sharing food and community, learning, laughing – and safeguarding valuable space as year-round biodiversity havens for wildlife for many years to come.

We need many hands, a few strong backs, and lots of help to help our Community Orchards on their way.  It is not just about the initial planting. We need help with marketing, publicity, watering rotas, workshops – or perhaps you have an interest in a different kind of digging – help us find out more about the History of the Goods Yard; the History of Vine Road; our Tree and Soft Fruit varieties….there is much to do so please, if you have ideas or an interest, keen or amateur, we would love to hear from you.

First Planting took place and we celebrated with our very first Winter Wassail on Saturday 19th January 2019 – a chance to lighten the darker days of winter, to share, make merry, make noise and enjoy a mulled cider or two. The event was such a huge success that we are hoping to welcome back Wassail Master James, Minstrel Joe, Rainbow Crow – and of course our Bell Ringers – again next year!

It was also great fun making masks, costumes and music at our ‘making for Wassail’ workshop – take a look here.

Second Planting happened at the end of March – on Super-Volunteer Roderick’s 80th birthday!  So now….we water, watch – and wait!

Contact us to find out more about getting involved, sponsoring a tree or memorial trees

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