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The Oxhill News

May 2011

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Wot2Grow Community Orchard

We've Started - and we've completed the first plantings!!!

It started on a chilly April 1st morning.  No, it wasn't an April fool, when we opened up the gates to the orchard field and took delivery of 15 tons of green waste compost!  We then measured the actual boundaries so we could check out our plans for planting.  Later we were delighted to have Thomas Fox cut a 20m x 40m area so we could mark out rows and start digging.  We are extremely grateful for his contribution to the orchard.

On April 2nd we continued the digging and were joined by members and villagers so that in what seemed like no time at all we had planted an impressive number of plants, watered them in and mulched with compost.  A repeat of the work was done on the Sunday afternoon when again we had more than a dozen helpers and we were joined by the horticultural expert John Edgeley who worked with us and gave us advice including how to prune post planting.  We also learnt the fascinating technique of laying and securing weed suppressant material!

We were fortunate to have Myles Bremner, the CEO of Garden Organic at Ryton, join lots of members and villagers on April 6th to plant a bush and give us great photo opportunities with the local press!  He was very supportive and thought we had a very good and exciting project.

The final stage of the initial planting, watering and mulching took place on April 10th with again many thanks to the members and villagers who have done the hard work.

So, we have planted summer and autumn fruiting raspberries, blackcurrants, red currants, white currants, gooseberries (red and green),  tayberries, loganberries, a boysenberry, a wineberry, a jostaberry and a worcesterberry.

See the web site for photos and more; www.wot2grow.co.uk

Please contact one of the team for how to get involved:

Liz Atkinson (680045), Paul Sayer (680451), Derek Harbour (680676), Sue and Mike Sanderson (688080), Graham Collier (680127), Sam Littlewood (688137).

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