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2020 Orchard updates and photos
from Jenn Baker, BCOG Chair
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5.5.2020

When I wrote a short piece about the orchard on 17th April, I said I'd continue to keep you all updated - well, not a lot has happened! A few of the committee members have been doing individual tasks and yesterday 6 of us (staying well distanced!) had a mini work session so that we could complete the mowing and scything around the trees which makes it easier for the council to get around with their big mower. We have also been keeping the paths around and through the orchard well defined so that people can walk amongst the trees and see the blossom close up. Sadly, the blossom is nearly over now - it was an excellent display this year so, hopefully, we should get a good crop of apples come autumn.

Some of our lovely allotment volunteers have been working hard raising trays of seedlings and the polytunnel has now been planted up with tomatoes, cucumber, chillies, melons and basil. The beds are also coming along well and are beginning to be filled with plenty of seeds and plants so that there will be plenty of produce for everyone when we are able to re-start our weekly meetings. Thanks so much to those who have been keeping it all under control.


That's all for now and don't forget to take a stroll through the orchard if you are able.
Jenn
BCOG Chair

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Photos: Broom, Medlar blossom, seedlings, self seeded aquilegia, mowing and raking, blossom by the bench

Hi Everyone

I do hope that some of you are taking your daily exercise by doing a turn round the orchard (or Jubilee Green) if you are able.  For those who can't get out I've put together a few words and photos to keep you all up to date with what's going on. As we have had to cancel Mayfest this year I shall make sure I publish photos of the apple blossom over the coming weeks.  Let's hope it's as good as last year's show.

Firstly, despite the lockdown we managed to take delivery of a new mower which will help hugely with the maintenance of the orchard grass.  Our old machine was really on it's last wheels(?) and becoming very temperamental - I know the feeling!  The new one has been tried and tested by cutting the orchard paths and Colin was thanked (at a distance) by a member of the public.
The main mowing is, as you know, carried out for us by the Town Council's team who despite being under considerable pressure at the moment were able to cut it today. Many thanks. 
A few of the allotmenteers who have the facilities are continuing to sow trays and pots of veggies , some of which are in the polytunnel, so that we can keep the growing going despite not being able to hold our normal weekly meetings.  When this is all over I hope that all the beds are filled and flourishing so that there's plenty of produce for all to share.  In the meantime, if the weather continues to be dry please pop in and chuck a watering can or two of water over the emerging crops - this is mainly for the outdoor crops as we don't want to overwater the delicate seedlings in the polytunnel. Thanks.

Speaking of polytunnels - we are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the West Bay Car Boot Fund which will go towards the purchase of a new one.  I was
hoping to have it ordered, constructed and in use by early summer but the best laid plans.....................!     We shall carry on with the old, holey tunnel for the time being.
That's all for now. I know the situation is far from ideal but please do try and take advantage of the lovely orchard at this time of year.

All the best
Jenn
BCOG Chair

16th April 2020

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