As part of the Chelsea Fringe community garden festival, the community orchard is holding an open day from 2pm on Saturday June 3rd.
We hope you will be able to join us at a short working party of an hour or so from 2.30pm at the orchard on Sunday 14 September this weekend. There have been rumours of cider rations for the (older) workers.
Tasks include weeding around the trees (a light task which children should be able to enjoy - we need to do this so that the trees continue to grow properly) and also some scrub and bramble clearance around the edge of the site (this is for grown-ups, and we have the promise of some machinery to help).
A good chance to check up on how the orchard has been progressing! Don't forget we will also be at the Henley Show Ploughing Match on Sunday 5 October.
Saturday 19 April is the proposed date for our next working party. (To be confirmed shortly on this site). Because of recent heavy weather, there are still many trees to plant, so a fun day is promised. The remaining trees have been heeled in on site until then. Come one, come all, from 10am, with refreshments and other facilities available in the vilage hall.
At a recent committee meeting in the Shoulder of Mutton some decisions were taken about tree sponsorship and membership schemes, which it is hoped will be launched in the Autumn. More news later.
We acknowledge with thanks the donation of tree sleeves by Tim Lowden, Manager of Playhatch Garden Centre
We're hoping for a good turn-out this weekend at the Dunsden Community Orchard. 50 trees have been delivered and volunteers for the big planting are very welcome, starting from 10am on Saturday 15 March (tomorrow), continuing on Sunday.
Holes were dug last weekend, but 'soil improvers' need to be barrowed, planting done and deer protection put in place. Please come along for an hour or so (or longer if you can manage it) and join the Dunsden Community Orchard planting party!
We will have access to the village hall for tea and coffee making. Make sure you wear outdoor clothes, including wellingtons. If possible bring a fork, hammer, wire-cutters and (if you can manage it) a wheel-barrow.
All our meetings so far have been most enjoyable. Come along and be part of this exciting local project. Who knows, you may be drinking Dunsden cider sooner than you think!
For more information call David Woodward on 07802 433058.