Wild Garlic

Use wild garlic, or Ramson, 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 ...

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 ...

Not quite May flowers

Here we are, on a sometimes sunny afternoon, laying out more compost, seeding it, and doing a bit of decorative work with bricks. The crabapples at the former Henburys depot are out - so the bees will be foraging and pollinating here. We've covered another 100 square metres with compost, raked it out and seeded ...