St Mary's Church Field Orchard
Working group sessions July - December 2020

Sunday 9th August 2020: thanks to Paul Arthur for this report
Much compost management. Bays 2 and 4 were turned into bay 3. Bays 1 and 5 were then turned into bays 2 and 4, and included layers of chopped windfall apples, grass clippings and prunings from the apple tree cordons. Compost layers were liberally watered to help speed up the rotting process.
The pollinator bed was weeded and tidied.
The grass in front of the pond was trimmed back.
The bog garden was weeded.
A good start was made on trimming back and tidying the hedge at the southern boundary of the orchard.
A swathe of grass three to four feet wide was scythed from the long grass remaining in the meadow area, and the cut grass added to the pile that had been created from the hedge tidying, ready for the Town Council to take away.
Some of the longer grass that was going to seed was cut from around the Beaty of Bath apple tree area.
Apple windfalls were collected.
Some overhanging tree branches, wild roses and briars were trimmed back adjacent to grass paths.
Brambles adjacent to the pond and bog garden were trimmed back to prevent them taking root.
The mower was used to cut single tree circles to mark the edge of the tree canopy ahead of Town Council mowing, also some wild barley, and grass close to the quince and mulberry was mown. 

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Sunday 12th July 2020: thanks to Ian Bark for this report
Another great extended morning’s work completed today:

Paths all mown. Scything of the wildlife area completed. Some left for now.
Hedge trimmed back where long pieces are a potential danger. Trimmings chopped up and integrated into the layered pile adjacent to the compost bins and well soaked, using the hose.
Tree circles all mown and sheared close to the trees. All newly mown grass collected and integrated into the layered pile adjacent to the compost bins and well soaked using the hose.
Scythed grass in the wildlife area raked up and integrated into the layered pile adjacent to the compost bins and well soaked, using the hose.
Brambles cut back in the copse area.
Broken bench completely removed and the post holes filled in and made safe.
The timber stored behind the drowning bins needs to be sawn up and stored dry for burning on the fire pit. A job for next time perhaps.
Some algae removed from the pond and left on the side.
Old mower packed up part-way through the second session. I tried starting it, without success. Noted the nut missing on the handle.
Christine also did some work on the gages.
Fruit in the shed offered round - a couple of punnets still there.

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Thanks for Jenn Baker for the photos