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 ...

You Could Call It a Washout

Because it was very wet out, and we didn't see many people. But there was a great cracking sound on the way over to the orchard, and within about three minutes the van full of police had arrived at this scene. Fortunately nobody seemed to be injured, and no vehicles seemed damaged. I do wonder ...

20 for 15, plus music, and soup

Sunday 15 April - Compost Moving Day. Today produced our highest turnout for the year, and has got us about half way to our goal of covering the northern half acre with 6 inches of compost. Twenty people turned up to work, and several more came by to say hello, along with several toddlers. Those ...

No Fooling!

A very good session today. About 20 people turned up, and quite a few stayed to play (in this case, digging, picking, and hauling). The bender is being rebuilt, one of the raised beds is being dismantled, a lot of bramble roots are being pulled, a few posts are being sunk, and some rubble excavated. ...

Soil Analysis

For the first time in months, the combination or rain, wind, and hail put a damper on our plans. However, we persevered, and were rewarded with occasional bits of glorious sunshine. The site soil looks to be several layers of varied material: sand, gravel, rubble, and loam with some clay mixed in. Below 16 inches, ...

A very good day’s work

Today we cleared part of the site of brush from felled trees, in order to make more room for more grass cuttings / leaf mould from the other side of the park. The clearing shifted several trees worth of brash, forming some of it as dead hedge, and laying up the rest for future use. ...

Snow Steps

Saturday's snow made it easy to spot human and animal visitors on Sunday. This little robin came by to observe the mouse den we made from last year's hay meadow cuttings. We've seen a couple of field mice coming and going from warm burrows in the hay and wood chip piles. We have also seen ...