Thursday, 28 March 2019

FIVE YEARS OLD......

We are celebrating 5 years of our Limpsfield Community Orchard Trail which was officially opened in May 2014 by Cllr Nick Skellet.
 
We would like you to join us at the lych gate at St Peter's Church at 3pm on Sunday 14 April so that we can walk gently up to the Orchard together.
 
There will be tea and apple cake waiting for us....and hopefully lots of beautiful blossom too. 
 
Do join us......if you don't want to do the walk come along to the Orchard anyway.....you will be very welcome
 
Looking forward to seeing lots of you there.
 

Early Blossom?

This pic shows a Buerre Hardy Pear which is budding up nicely. 
We had 13 people in the Orchard on Saturday 23 March to weed and mulch round the trees. It's all looking nicely tidy now.....and we look forward to a good crop. I think the blossom will be 2 to 3 weeks early.....unless we have some late frost we should do well.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Spring in the Orchard

.....the first Mirabelle in full blossom on 9 March 2019.
Very early.....

Friday, 8 March 2019

PRUNING 2019

I am pleased to say that we have now done our 2019  apple and pear pruning with the help of Jan Lambourn.  Some of the trees sadly are still showing some canker meaning that we had to prune quite severely in places but on the whole we are pleased with growth and there are some good fruit buds fattening up.  The Mirabelle are already in full flower.
The harvest will all depend now on whether we get frosts at the time the blossoms are opening.
We are very much hoping it will be a better year for the pears which were marvellous in 2017 but very disappointing in 2018.


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

WASSAIL 20 JANUARY 2019

The following account was written by Theodore Turner our Duke of Edinburgh Orchard
Volunteer

On the 20 January, 150 people flocked to the British Legion and the Community Orchard to take part in the annual Wassail.  The moon was big and bright and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful night. We met at the British Legion where torches were lit. We took different instruments to make loud noises and wore brightly coloured clothes to scare away the evil spirits to ensure a good
harvest. Led by Andrew Claringbull, our Wassail Master, and encouraged by the North Downs Drummers, with glowing drums, we processed to theorchard. After singing the traditional songs around the blazing bonfire we headed to the king tree where the wassail princess offered the king tree an apple, bread and salt to make sure we got a good crop of apples. The bread to feed the birds, the apple to give back to the orchard and the salt for purification. The Wassail bowl was passed around and everyone took a sip of the cider. We then headed to the hot dogs, mulled cider and apple cakes (which disappeared immediately). The remaining people gathered round the fire to get the remaining warmth from it, sparks and embers floating up to the brilliant moon. 
I have been coming to the wassail for a while now and this was one of the most pleasurable evening yet, probably because I gave something back to the community as I am doing my DofE volunteering at the orchard. I remember digging out the concrete right at the beginning. It is wonderful to see the orchard now.
In the words of the traditional song;

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you
A Happy New Year.






Monday, 17 December 2018

Wassail bonfire

We have just had a successful couple of hours in the Orchard gathering wood for the Wassail bonfire.....the large pile is covered now so hopefully the wood will be dry enough to make a good blaze when we come to build the bonfire on Sunday 20 January 2019.  We also collected pine cones which we take home to dry thoroughly, and these make the base of the fire together with dry kindling and candle ends (+ a few other secret ingredients tucked in by our magical bonfire builders).
We were pleased to have some families helping. Also we had our two Duke of Edinburgh students giving us a hand too.....so many thanks to everyone who helped.
We look froward to seeing everyone at the WASSAIL.