Foraging Necklace for Bees

Why do we need to help the bees? Bees and other pollinating insects are essential to the plant life cycle as they help the flower produce its seed and propagate itself for years to come. They are also essential to the food chain of many animals including people, by being instrumental in producing tasty and ...

How it Went – April 7 Work Session

Today went well, very nicely, and there was even cake! Well, cupcakes... It was great to see Jo, Lewis and nan, plus Linda, Olivia, and several others who stopped by for a chat or a spell of play and explorations. Thanks very much to Sharif, Jan, Roland, Andy, Pete, Iain, Ian, Ellen, and the rest ...

A victory of digging

You could say that some back-breaking work went into this line of rubble, but nobody broke a back. So let's call it ground-breaking instead. Iain and Ian did an impressive job of levering out most of this concrete and brick in a 3 hour session. Getting the rubble out of the soil has been a ...

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Would you like to know how to prune an ancient and delicate apple tree to improve its flowering, fruiting and overall health? If so, please consider signing up for our training session, 2-4 PM next Sunday, March 3rd, under the expert instruction of Robert 'Oz' Osmond. This is a lovely opportunity to give the old ...

Very Greens

Lots of green in today's vistas, plus a fair amount of blue sky. No rain, and quite a bit of very welcome sunshine! The nettles, hemlock, thistle, balsam, bindweed, borage, buttercup and other plants are very dense, very vigorous, and need pulling, cutting or otherwise holding in check before they overrun the site. We'll need ...

Treegonometry – some site mathematics

Some of our plans require a good map of the site. So we occasionally do some measuring and drawing. This time, we need to know how far apart certain trees are, so we've taken a 20m tape and tried to get some rough measurements. But there's more to it than that!   We don't really ...

No Picnic, As Planned

Today's weather hasn't favoured people who'd planned on picnics, parades, or other outdoor festivities. It also didn't favour us particularly. But 6 of us turned up as planned, and got stuff done. The top of the compost heap is a pretty good vantage point It wasn't raining when Liz & Paul started laying cardboard. But ...

First Sunday in June

We know there's a lot on elsewhere this weekend - but we'll be down at the orchard doing more of what we like. The wildflower patch we created last year has really come on - and is now thick with Red Campion. We are also beginning to see results from seeding the main space with ...

3rd Sunday Results

Bee Tending Green manure sprouts - this will be masses of foliage soon! pulling the Himalyan Balsam from the compost heap compost for the flower beds chain link unravelled litter patrol at Chamberlain House Read more [...]

3rd Sunday Orchard Session

It's an orchard work session Sunday again this weekend and we do hope the weather will be kind to us this time! The forecast: a bit damp, a bit cool, maybe a bit sunny later. The sunny bits are really magical when they arrive at the orchard. So getting active on site could be good ...