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 ...

November Events

This week’s message is very long, but informative! One event overshadows the rest. Highbury Public Consultation (22nd October – 3rd December; Public Meeting 26 Nov, 7:30PM, at the Hall) The Orchard's future depends on the outcome of the Highbury Options Appraisal. We urgently need your voice in support of the work we're doing. The long-awaited ...

peopleandland.org.uk

As a name, Highbury Orchard Community is quite long. We've been thinking about finding a shorter name for our website and email addresses, and we've tuned it into a game, of sorts. We want to show you what we've come up with, and ask for your thoughts about other possibilities. We started by asking ourselves ...

It Starts Here 2

Hello! Have a look around, and let us know if you have any questions

Blackberry Junket 1

I do love blackberry and apple crumble, but have been looking for new inspiration for using balckberries. I found this one in Richard Mabey's Food for Free. It's so simple, it could be made outdoors immediately after foraging.   Pick very ripe blackberries, the riper the better. So look for the ones at the tip ...