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  • Trees in bloom at the orchard!


    After several working parties in chilly conditions it is very encouraging to be able to report that almost every tree has survived and is now in leaf - and some have even been flowering. The grass has also been growing rapidly in the recent warm weather. At last night's planning group (minutes) further work was scheduled including drainage in Tagg Lane. Full details from working party co-ordinator timcoul[at]live.co.uk who will be happy to hear from potential volunteers.

    We will also shortly be launching our membership scheme and a chance to adopt-a-tree - a great way for you and your family to learn about a traditional local fruit tree variety for a very modest donation.

    We are also seeking grants to fund further tree planting, hedging and the creation of a living willow arch.

    The community orchard hopes to be at the Binfield Heath Flower Show on Saturday 23 August and at the Henley Show Ploughing Match in Dunsden on 5 October so we look forward to seeing you then.

    What do you think? We welcome your comments on our orchard project.

  • Auguring well at the orchard

    32a69ed5136b577493fe30e14a75988c.jpgSometime champion ploughman Phil Dyer made light work of digging out 50 holes for tree planting at our first working party this weekend. Using a 24" tractor-powered augur he saved hours of toil, cutting through the heavy soil in no time. A group of enthusiastic volunteers backed him up by barrowing in manure and fixing gate posts.

    We need even more helpers next weekend (15 March from 10am). 45 trees are arriving and they must be carefully planted. We hope as many people as possible will join us: no experience required, just turn up for an hour or so, anytime on the day.

  • Planning meeting on Feb 4

    Big progress is expected at our next meeting on Monday February 4th at 8pm in the village hall. Topics so far suggested include:

    • schedule for development of the orchard
    • funding and grant applications
    • responsibilities
    • planting plan
    • access
    • equipment storage

    But please come along with your own suggestions. Make a note of the date: 4/2/08!


    You may also be interested in a half-day practical fruit tree pruning course aimed at those with trees at home.

    It is at Cross Lanes Farm in Mapledurham on Saturday January 26, Tuesday Feb 5 and Saturday Feb 9. Bookings on 0118 972 3167.