29 April 2022

Do you want to plant a Community Orchard? We can help

Our Community Orchard of 45 trees was planted in 2014 and over the years we have shared our knowledge and experience with other villages and communities in the local area.

The orchard has been a wonderful success and clearly more and more communities are planting orchards, some large and some very small. We would be happy to give you advice about:

  • your proposed site and its suitability
  • how to prepare the site
  • heritage apple, pear and plum varieties
  • pot grown or bare root trees
  • tree suppliers
  • tree protection options
  • fundraising suggestions

Hit and miss, lesson learned, hindsight, wish we had thought about that - we'd be happy to help.

Contact us by email for more information - villageorchardgroup@gmail.com

 


5 April 2022

15 January 2022

Winter in the orchard

 A very still, misty, damp and cold day in the orchard.




5 October 2021

Shame about the harvest

Just a very few of the apples in the orchard this autumn. The harvest this year, in the orchard and all around the village, has been so poor that we are not able to have an Apple Day this year. In the absence of one in 2022 have a look at some of our previous ones

Adams Pearmain


26 August 2021

Scything the wildflowers

Did you see the wildflowers this summer? There were some lovely varieties which were waist high. At the end of the summer we always scythe the orchard using traditional wood Austrian scythes. It takes about 2 hours for a gang of volunteers to mow it all.  Here are last year's team.








22 April 2021

Grafting new family trees

This spring Paul Chilton grafted two new varieties onto a single variety to make a family tree. Here he gives a master class as he demonstrates Tip Grafting and Spur Grafting.

The host variety is a Grenadier, an early cooking apple, greatly admired for cooking into a flavoursome fluff. The other two varieties are Wagner and Ashmead Kernel. The tree is temporarily planted in the churchyard. 


Preparing the scion for method one
Preparing the scion for method one

The join between the scion and the rootstock in method one

The join between the scion and the rootstock in method one  

The join between the scion and rootstock in method two
The join between the scion and rootstock in method two

Heating up the sealing wax camping style
Heating up the sealing wax camping style

Sealing the join on method two
Sealing the join on method two


And finally two new varieties joined to the rootstock Grenadier
And finally two new varieties joined to the rootstock Grenadier


13 March 2021

Spring is on it's way

 

The orchard looks lovely this spring with daffodils, cowslips and snowdrops amongst the trees.

Snowdrops


Cowslips and daffodils