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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Foraging Necklace for Bees

A Foraging Necklace for Bees
Highbury has been a haven for honeybees for 50 years or more as beekeepers have been sharing their skills here all that time. We have an opportunity to help the bees stay fit and healthy by creating a Bee Haven in the park. The foraging necklace for bees will consist of several separate stands of ...

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 ...

Wassail recipes

SPICED APPLE JUICE We use this unique recipe at Christmas time as well as the January Wassail 2L apple juice half a vanilla pod 6-8 slices ginger 2-3 cinnamon sticks 1-2 tsp whole cloves zest of 1 orange 1-2 tbsp whole mace 1 pomegranate Place all ingedients in a cooking pot and bring gently to ...

Snow Fun

A bit of sudden snowfall left us with a winter wonderland, and just-so-much chance of doing serious work. So we did some pruning along the old railing, laid up the cuttings as a deadhedge, then had fun making a snow fort! We also discovered three trees had split under the weight of the snow. Two ...

Birgit @ Forest School base

Every once in a while we do a bit of video recording, either to capture the sense of activity on site, or to showcase someone's views on the work we're doing. In mid-November we had about 40 seconds to hear Birgit Kehrer (of ChangeKitchen) talk about the new Forest School base we're setting up. Completely ...