WOT2Grow Your Community Orchard
We are all benefiting from the glorious
weather we have had – the fruit is ripening at an amazing rate and the
members are enjoying delicious fruit freshly picked at the orchard!
Everyone who comes to a working session goes away with some fruit, a thank
you for coming and helping, and members get extra fruit on a regular basis.
It will be a couple of years before we have fruit from the trees but in the
mean time the soft fruit is just beautiful!
The sensory garden continues to be amazing!! In places you cannot see the
weed suppressant material as the plants have filled out and spread as they
were intended to do. The biggest sign is that it is teeming with bees,
bumble bees, beneficial insects and butterflies so proving that we have
produced a nectar rich environment for pollinators etc. It also looks very
pretty which is an added bonus!
Our wild flower strips have been very beautiful and we look forward to them
self-seeding as well as the perennial varieties becoming well established.
More to come as we increase the areas substantially which, combined with the
sensory garden and the wild flowers already present at the orchard, means we
have a wonderful habitat for all sorts of “critters”.
We have had two very good sessions with John Edgeley on Pests and Diseases
of Fruit Trees and Soft Fruit. They are invaluable for us at the orchard as
well as anyone who has their own fruit trees. We spend an hour in the “class
room” and then go to the orchard armed with hand lenses to ferret out any
problems and learn how to put them right! We will have more sessions next
year and non-members are welcome for a small fee.
Everyone is welcome at the orchard and any help given is gratefully received
– please contact one of the team listed below for details of sessions at the
orchard. Or just come and take a look!
Come and join us in all these great activities!!!
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If you would like more details please contact one of the
following who are coordinating the community involvement
Liz Atkinson (680045), Paul Sayer (680451), Sue and Mike
Sanderson (688080), Graham Collier (680127), Julia Stirman (01608 686776),
Pam Bennett (01608 685606)