As we move into meteorological summer this is post is a thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to our May workday in the Children’s Orchard.
Although the task in hand seemed quite enormous to begin with – get rid of the thistles and nettles around the one hundred trees – we clearly had an elite team of volunteers as by 3pm we were all drinking tea on our newly moved-into-the-sun picnic benches. Thank you also to the neighbourhood team. With their help the rest of the grass and weeds will be strimmed so that next year’s weeding will be less onerous.
It is also a joy to see that some of the soft fruit is thriving, most of it in the hedge in front of the orchard; it looks to be a good year for gooseberries and black currants – if you can find them before anyone else.
We should also take this opportunity to thank the council for supplying and installing a brand new notice board for the orchard.
Later this year we plan to put in a place a much better labelling system -in time to find out what varieties of fruit are in the orchard, and when they’re likely to be ready to pick.
Since April 2010, when the orchard was first planted – hundreds of people have volunteered to help out in the orchard. It’s amazing to look back at a photo from that time and see how much the space has changed thanks to everyone’s efforts.