Friday, 12 November 2021


The Orchard was a hive of activity recently when Messy Church came to visit for the first time. It was very successful and a great time was had by all.  

"The afternoon was really lovely. Rev Helen gave a short talk then the children were sent off on a scavenger hunt and to tables dotted around the orchard with Harvest activities. We had over 30 children and they all really enjoyed it, especially eating apple cakes at the end!" - Caroline, Church Coordinator

Rev Helen addressing children and adults gathered round the wooden log seating
Rev Helen giving a short talk

apples being decorated with paper cutouts
Some core members of Messy Church 

view of the orchard and visitors
Scavenger hunt underway

child kneels beside a toadstool
Discovering a toadstool

leaf artwork and rubbings
Unbe-leaf-able creative talent

Tuesday, 26 October 2021


We have now decided to try a work party on a regular day each please put the FIRST Wednesday of the month from 09:30 to 12:00 into your diaries....we hope to see you there. Next work party November 3rd, 2021,  but please contact me first. 

Information as always from Helen 
(  or 01883 713160)

6 volunteers standing in the sunshine at an earlier Orchard work party
~ Happy, smiley faces (and sunshine) at an earlier work party ~

a volunteer wearing a red hard hat while hedge trimming
~ one of our wonderful volunteers hard at work with the hedge trimmer ~

a circle of log seats under a large tree whilst a volunteer closely inspects the surrounding area
~ keeping the Orchard tidy in the summer sun ~

Thursday, 28 January 2021



This is our new tit box which was installed at the Orchard today. We are delighted with it and are looking forward to seeing the first residents.
We are planning to have 2 more put up with a robin box too. Hopefully the occupants will eat many of the winter moth caterpillars which have caused us so much grief. 

Friday, 22 January 2021


This year, due to Covid 19 restrictions, our annual Wassail 
had to be done very differently with no large gathering.
Instead, Andrew Claringbull and his family celebrated for us. 
Andrew has been our Wassail master for the last few years 
and he led his family group splendidly observing all the traditions, 
and singing together round the tree with the mulled cider. 
You can see the songs and traditional incantations on the song sheet. 
It's not too late for you to go up to the Orchard in your family groups to have your own private Wassail.... 
The trees would certainly benefit from such extra attention!


Sunday, 29 November 2020


These pics show the before and after of the steps up into the Orchard. The originals were over 10 years old and have served us well. The new ones (very many thanks to David Firmin and Peter Tindall) are splendid....sturdy and hopefully long lasting too. Many thanks to them both for their hard work

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Trimming Completed


We've just finished trimming the laurel hedge which as you can see is looking very smart. Many thanks to David Sue and Philip.
We're planning to prune the trees before Christmas....and soon after that we'll be doing a spray with winter wash. We're doing all we can to deter the winter moths from laying their eggs in the emerging fruit buds once spring comes.

Friday, 23 October 2020


Thanks to Greenwell's Tree Surgeons (Stuart Rimmington) for this great pile of wood chip. It is heaped up and decomposing ready for application in the spring. We very much need this as it locks in the winter moisture in the ground and reduces the need for watering.  

Thanks to the team....Lorna, Stephen and Philip.