Thank you to all the volunteers who generously gave up their Saturday to spend a few hours getting the Leith Links Children’s Orchard ready for 2012.
All in all we had nearly 30 people turn up during the day.
Ben Dell, from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, ran an excellent free workshop on pruning fruit trees. We ended up cutting them back quite aggressively in some cases as we’re keen to get the fruit trees to grow with a bushy form over the long term. This will mean that we avoid the need for ladders to collect the fruit in future years – and it will make the trees more accessible to members of the public, which is the whole idea of the orchard.
As well as pruning the trees, we also mulched them with tree bark, and fed them with bone meal. This means that they shouldn’t need much more maintenance for the rest of the year. We also staked a few of the trees out where they needed it.
Lastly, we had to move a few of the trees as work is soon to start on a new cycle path. This will run right through the middle of the orchard. However, if the contractors do what they say they will, no fruit trees will be harmed as part of the construction process.
As well as looking after the trees, we also got stuck in with the litter pickers. Between us we managed to cover the whole orchard area, plus a reasonable amount of the Eastern links too.
Special thanks to the cafe at Out of the Blue for delivering all the volunteers some much need soup and rolls and also Andy Wright for taking photos and putting them on Flickr. You can see them here.
You can see a slideshow of our photos from the day by clicking here.