Fruit Tree Care Course 2017 – 2018

Fruit Tree Care Course 2017 - 2018
We're very pleased to receive a grant from Gregg's Environmental Fund to run our first Fruit Tree Care course, starting 25th November 2017. This will be the first of six sessions - maybe more. Rob Tilling, recently of The Orchard Project, will be the course leader and will take participants through the different tasks of ...

Highbury Harvest 2017 1

Highbury Harvest 2017
SATURDAY 21st October, 11-4 is the date for our annual jamboree, Highbury Harvest. On the day we will celebrate our fabulous community, our apples, honey and other produce, along with exciting enterprises from our local neighbourhood. There is always plenty to do to interest people of all ages. Of special note, we are joined by ...

Highbury Harvest 15th October 2016

Highbury Harvest 15th October 2016
Wow, what a fabulous time it was. Lots of helpers and stallholders, plenty of visitors (about 500 we think) showing lots of interest, ... and hours of sunshine. Even though rain had been forecast, it didn't rain till evening. How lucky were we! Thank you every one of the 21 volunteers who helped and put ...

2015 Highbury Harvest

2015 Highbury Harvest
We are having our third annual Highbury Harvest on 17th October (12-4pm, open to all). The Harvest is our day of celebrating apples, honey, herbs, wild food and woodland. We'll have all sorts of related activities: Bring your own apples and have a turn at making apple juice! (See note below) Meet the beekeepers Cast ...

Highbury Harvest stories and pictures

Highbury Harvest stories and pictures
                      Right from the word go, we had a great team on board to help produce this event. Angela, Margaret, Saifer, Amjad, Esther and Clare had all been part of the planning group back in July. On the day Richard and Kathy were up early ...

About Honey

The 2013 harvest of honey has been put into 1lb and 1/2 lb jars and is sitting in Liz's living room, ready to sell. We are at Kings Heath farmers market on 1st Saturdays of the month from 10:00am. Look out for us at the Business Association community stall. Or contact us on hoccic@gmail.com. More ...

Recipes

Recipes
This is our collected recipes page, organised by season. Most contain some foraged ingredients, often found in Highbury Park. Here is some common guidance on foraging: BE SAFE: Ensure you have identified the plant correctly. Avoid foraging near busy roadsides where petrol fumes will contaminate. Avoid plants growing close to the ground where animals may ...

July: Elderflowers and Limetree flowers

July is an abundant month for flowers. This year the ELDERFLOWER has done very well in Highbury Park. Right now, it is at it's best. Pick now in the sunshine, or wait till next year. See our tried and tested recipe. The LIMETREE FLOWERS are abundant right across Birmingham and should also be blossoming about ...

Nettle Soup 1

Nettle Soup Use only the young green tips of the nettle stems. The best ones will be found in March/April, when the stems are still very short and the whole length can be harvested. Always avoid old leaves (which incidentally make an excellent compost).  Use rubber gloves when harvesting, to avoid nettle rash. [Normal foraging ...

Highbury Honey 2

Did you know that at Highbury Orchard, we are Bee Landlords? We have five stands of bee-hives quietly buzzing away on the far eastern side to our site. The "rent" is paid in jars of honey which we sell for the benefit of our projects, but the bees also help to pollenate our plants. Last ...