Thursday, 28 January 2021
Friday, 22 January 2021
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
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.
Monday, 12 October 2020
We’ve finished harvesting our apples. It was a moderate crop this year after our winter moth caterpillar infestation but not too bad in the end. We were able to offer the apples to the wider community this year as due to Covid restrictions we were sadly not able to host our annual Harvest and Apple Tasting Day. The apples have been enjoyed by many, including a class from St Peter’s School. The pears were virtually absent this year…..but hopefully we’ll do better in 2021.
We’re starting our autumn tidy with hedge cutting and bramble bashing on the list. In the next few months we’ll be apply the sticky glue bands to catch the female winter moths as they migrate in the spring up into the branches to lay their eggs. We are also going to try a winter spray to make sure we start the year with clean trees.
Do continue to visit the Orchard during the autumn and winter….it remains a beautiful and special place at all times of the year.
Also do have a look to see if you can find our special new game….suitable for all the family.