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 ...

Wild Garlic

Use wild garlic, or Ransom, as you would any other garlic and include chopped young leaves for extra nutrition. It is milder in flavour and makes a lively addition (crushed and raw) to creamed or cottage cheese. Even two year olds have eaten my garlic cheese spread. And of course it tastes far better outdoors ...

Elderflower Champagne

For a refreshing drink that tastes of summer, look no further. And it's so easy to make, you won't be tempted to procrastinate and miss the weeks of flowering. We made Elderflower Champagne yesterday at the orchard. It's that easy. This recipe is from my trusty "Boxing Clever Cookbook"  by Jacqui Jones and Joan Wilmot. ...

Hello!

Hello!
Welcome to the orchard site! We've been wanting a distinct orchard website for a while, and have decided to set it up as part of the wider Highbury Community Partnership website. It gives the orchard project a clearer point of contact for first-time visitors, whilst fitting within the wider set of Highbury projects. The orchard ...

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 ...