Ready for Wassailing!

The South East Essex Conservation Volunteers worked at the Orchard today.  They  carried out hedgelaying, removed invasive brambles, pruned trees, dead-hedged, cleared paths and picked up litter.  Great job done by all!  The Orchard is now ready for Wassailing on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Orchard 5th January 2020

Work Party

The South East Essex Conservation Volunteers had a great work party yesterday.  They carried out hedgelaying and valuable clearance work.  They hope to return again in the New Year.

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Conservation Work Party

After a successful Apple Day, the South East Essex Conservation Volunteers are gearing up for a work party this coming Sunday (24th November 2019).  Work planned includes hedgelaying and other necessary tasks.  The group meets from 10.00am onwards and you work as little or as much as you like!  All tools/training provided but you will need to bring your own lunch/drink and gardening gloves.  A warm welcome awaits you!  For further information visit

Apple Day 2019

Ready for Apple Day

We had a great work party today!  Eighteen workers helped prepare the Orchard ready for Apple Day this Saturday (5th October).  A big THANK YOU to all those who helped.

Apple Day is a great opportunity to explore the Orchard and to sample/harvest apples.  There will also be stalls, food, music and much more.  Entry is free.  We hope you can join us!


Next work party

We had a great time at our work party on Monday 3rd June.  Everyone worked really hard but also enjoyed relaxing and socialising during our much needed breaks.  Well done to all!

The Orchard is looking great, paths are clear and fruit is forming well.

Group photo 3rd June 2019

We look forward to our next work party on Monday 1st July.  Hope to see you there again!

June Work Party

Our next work party is on Monday 3rd June, all welcome to attend, we’ll be there from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

The main growing season is now upon us so there’ll be plenty to keep us busy.

At our last work party on 13th May some new benches were installed.  This means our picnic lunch will be even more enjoyable now as we’ll have somewhere comfortable to sit!  Well done to the Growing Together Westcliff member who constructed and installed the benches.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Happy Pet!

The Orchard work party last Monday (4th March) was a big success.  We carried out some winter pruning, removed a large patch of encroaching bramble and much more!

None of our prunings went to waste.  A local lady collected some apple branches for her pet rat to enjoy!

Apple tree prunings and rat


Next work party

Our next work party is on Monday 4th March (10.00am to 2.00pm).  We look forward to seeing you there.

We’ll be clearing encroaching bramble from around the fruit trees and generally tidying up the site.

A pruning workshop was held at the Orchard on Saturday 16th February in conjunction with Orchards East.  For those that attended the workshop, Monday will also be an opportunity to carry out the last of the winter pruning using the skills learnt on the course.

Wassailing 2019

Our Wassailing event on Sunday 20th January was a massive success.  We had a great turnout of people who “wassailed” through the Orchard in the winter sun.  Everyone enjoyed music, spiced apple juice, hanging toast in the trees and chatting to friends.

As with all our previous Wassailing events, we planted a new tree.  This year we planted a Dr. Harvey and bramley apple.

Ready for Wassailing!

Thanks to the South East Essex Conservation Volunteers who worked at the Orchard on Sunday.  They continued with hedgelaying, picked up litter, cleared around fruit trees and much more!

We are now ready for Wassailing on Sunday 20th January (2.00pm to 3.30pm).  Come and wake up the trees for spring, sample spiced apple juice, join in with traditional folk music and celebrate the New Year in style!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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