Friday, 25 October 2019


We recently held a well attended party in St Peter’s Hall to mark 10 years of successful apple and pear growing in our Community Orchard. It was great to see many of the original volunteers and to be able reminisce about our early struggles with the nettle and brambles. Although we saw the site in December 2009 we didn’t actually plant the trees until November 2010. There was a huge amount of work to do, and in the early days there were work parties at least weekly with massive bonfires as we cleared the site following 40 years of neglect.
Helen would like to thank the committee (Lorna Ball, Peter Jarvis, Jennie Ephgrave and Pauline Whyte) for their continued enthusiasm and expertise. And we are grateful to our Friends who generously support the venture with annual donations. Many of the early volunteers are still working regularly with us and we can look forward to the next ten years with confidence.

 Jeremy Turtle & John Gilbert volunteers from the start
Ed Heaver & Andrew Claringbull our Wassail Masters
We can be proud we've started our Orchard ….and it can only get better as years go by. We are at the very forefront of a movement round the world to re green spaces and in our Orchard we are encouraging wildlife by being insecticide and pesticide free and allowing the grass to grow longer and become more diverse with many wild flowers. We are encouraging a reduction in food miles and want to teach children where our food comes from.

 Steve Thresher & Bob Paterson regular volunteers
This can only work if more people contribute not only in work parties but by taking responsibility for individual aspects such as hedges, steps, bonfires etc and some of the social activities too. Our Wassail is assured for the next year or so but we will always need more people offering to help.

Here’s to the next ten fruity years!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


      Do come to our 
    To celebrate our 10th anniversary

St Peter’s Hall (The Glebe Room)
On Saturday 12 October from 6 to 8

Revisit our journey from forgotten wasteland to productive Orchard

Results of the Photographic Competition and presentation of prizes

Wine and nibbles…..


Monday, 9 September 2019

Helper needed for a tidy up....

Hope you're all enjoying the heat and have had good summer holidays. Disappointing that there's so little fruit this year.....but there will be many more good years I am
It's that time again.....we need to gather to cut the hedges, weed the trees and cut back the bramble in the Orchard.
Please do come along to help.... 
If anyone has a hedge trimmer for the laurel that would be marvellous! If you let me know in advance I can get hold of the ladder....
Otherwise I think usual tools ...secateurs,hand forks, loppers, rakes, kneelers, weed buckets
Usual break for coffee at 11am....all are welcome
With good wishes....and looking forward to seeing a good crowd there


We are hoping that you've all been planning your entries for our PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION.....we are hoping many of you will be entering.  THERE ARE SPECIAL CATEGORIES FOR CHILDREN.
Show us how artistic you are....
Entries can be delivered to the Memorial Stores in Limpsfield from Monday 9 September (there will be an envelope on the windowsill behind the till) until 1  October
Exciting.....there are prizes to be won....and these will be presented at our Celebratory Party on Saturday 12 October in St Peter's Hall, Limpsfield All details to make a date in your diary. 
All enquiries to: (01883713160)
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Thursday, 22 August 2019


Our wonderful Community Orchard has now been up and running since Dec 2009 ......  very nearly 10 years. In that time we have created a wonderfully productive place where (most years) we harvest apples pears and damsons, celebrate the passing of the seasons with blossom viewing, harvests and Wassails and gathering together to prune,mulch and weed.
Your committee haworked hard in that time.....preparing the site, choosing, planting and maintaining 36 trees and 250 hedging plants, setting us up as a Community Interest Company, managing the finances, sustaining local interest and keeping records of our most generous Friends.
 The Orchard is however a COMMUNITY project and now we feel we need a greater input from others in the local area.
 One very pressing need is to have some technical support....managing the digital records, communication and publicity. We all feel we need some young blood ....someone with up to date computer skills!
 Please do contact us for further information.....Helen 01883 713160, Lorna 01883 712312 Peter 01883 713716

Monday, 22 April 2019

Trail Walk and Blossom viewing April 2019

On Sunday 14 April we gathered to celebrate five years of the Limpsfield Trail.....a group of us walked the route from Limpsfield Church (St Peter's) up through the village to the Orchard to take a look at the blossom....mostly pear which is out well before the apple. We enjoyed, of course, apple cake and tea.....and a good catch up with some Orchardeers who were in at the start.