Working sessions July - December 2019
thanks to Paul Arthur for these reports: click on an image to enlarge and scroll
Sunday 14th July
  • Two wildlife habitats were created from the branches of the hawthorn tree that had been pollarded on 5th July. One behind the pollinator bed, and one behind the pond in the wildlife area.
  • Goosegrass was removed from the hedge and ‘leaf bin’ in the wildlife area.
  • A small amount of blanket weed was removed from the pond.
  • Further fruit thinning. This job is now nearly complete, we are about 90% done.
  • The stone fruiting trees were pruned.
  • Barley grass was removed from the meadow area, bagged up and taken to the tip.
  • A strip of grass, one metre wide, was mowed down the side of the main path to demarcate the meadow area. Also, all the grass paths were cut with the mower.
  • The long grass in the wildlife area was scythed and removed, including that growing around the hazel trees there.
  • Much cut grass was stashed in the compost bays.
  • Long grass, brambles and goosegrass was removed from around the six hazels in the top southeast corner of the orchard, and stashed behind the compost bays ready for burning.
  • Hogweed seed heads were removed from the meadow area, bagged up and taken to the tip.
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Interim Working party: Sunday 8th July

It was a perfect, warm, sunny evening, ideal for tending the fruit trees and cutting the grass. We had 14 volunteers; a good turnout. The main achievements were:

Continued thinning apples on the trees. Although the ‘June drop’ had reduced the quantity of apples forming on the trees, we needed to give nature a helping hand so that we end up with full sized juicy fruits! Well over half of the trees have now been thinned.

Mowing the tree circles ahead of a broader grass cut by the Town Council.

Cutting grass from around the hazels in the small grove to the south-east of the orchard.

Stashing cut grass in the compost bays and in a pile to the side of them, ready for further composting.
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