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Autumn is coming!

It’s been a busy summer in the orchard, with our main work being to get the grass mowed, raked and tidied, and weeding around the trees. After some very dry weeks many of the  saplings were looking stressed, and we have applied for funding to try and establish a water supply to the site. This is only one of the funding applications we have made recently – do please step up if you’d like to help with this important aspect of our work. We really need to improve the fencing and to make the site properly accessible and safe, as well as building up our funds for the next round of planting.

We have established a regular routine of work days – first Saturday of each month – which makes work in the orchard sociable and means we can tackle big jobs with many hands making light work. But there is always something to be done! If you feel you’d like to spend a few hours in the orchard and aren’t sure what needs doing, just contact Daverick at no. 2 or use our email address below. Weeding around the trees is always helpful.

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Our first trees!

At last! After a hectic few weeks’ fund-raising among our members we were finally able to bring home our first batch of fruit trees and begin the work of digging them into the orchard field before spring caught up with us.

First planning Meg + HFirst planting trees

After digging out and staking the beds for the central circle, four trees were planted in the four corners of the compass and an appropriate blessing of Devon cider champagne was applied to trees and diggers alike.

First planting ciderSome instructions from Daverick and the work of our orchard had truly begun.

First planting all First planting circle

Almost every member of the orchard (24 of us) took part in the planting, along with many helpful children and dogs. We don’t think our trees could have had a better start in life.

First planting Esther+C First planting Dav IshFirst planting MDSAmore planting

It’s hard to believe how quickly it all happened in the end – over just two weekends an empty field has been transformed into a growing resource for our community,  with over 60 fruit trees in the ground – apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots and one optimistic peach in the topmost corner.

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