Recently Greener Leith held another workday at the Children’s Orchard.
It had been looking slightly less than perfect for the last couple of months due to a misunderstanding with the council about the mowing regime, which happily is now resolved. Furthermore, persons unknown had planted some supposedly native plants, which, although colourful, were definitely not from these shores. Should they survive the winter, we’ll ponder whether they should stay or go next spring..
People may also have been surprised to see two large heaps of seaweed dumped at the entrance. This was not a random act of vandalism but a gift from Mara Seaweed, a local company that collects and sells dried seaweed for culinary purposes. Seaweed is an excellent soil conditioner and has been used since time immemorial to improve cropping.
The task was to to get the orchard prepared for winter. The circles around the trees needed weeding and the seaweed distributed.
With the help of volunteers from local company Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems and local church St James the Lesser we did 68 out of the 100 trees. It was hard and at times smelly work – decomposing seaweed really stinks! – but it was a lovely afternoon and everyone got to know each other, a wonderful side effect of going volunteering.
At the end of the month the Children’s Orchard will also see the start of Forest School sessions which will take place every Monday afternoon for the next 6 weeks. With the help of a grant from Awards for All, children from St Mary’s and Leith Primary will have the opportunity to do outdoor learning with specialist teachers. Expect more on this project soon.
Many thanks to all our volunteers. There are still 32 trees to be done, so we will advertise another date for a work day soon. If you are interested in joining our list of volunteers, please get in touch to let us know.