Orchard maintenance

We have held a couple of work sessions at the Orchard during September. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 precautions, we have been unable to open up the work parties to all.

On Monday, we harvested a lot of the remaining apples, removed litter and ensured paths were kept clear. Unfortunately, we will be unable to hold our annual Apple Day event in October but we can enjoy the apples nonetheless. Our Bramley apples are perfect for making a tasty apple strudel!

2nd March 2020

Excellent work party today!  Despite a damp start, ten of us turned up to carry out essential tasks at the Orchard.  We picked up litter, removed invasive brambles, cut back overhanging branches, cleared paths and pruned fruit trees.

We’re now looking forward to our next work party in May.

Next work party

Our first work party of the year kicks off on Monday 2nd March 2020.

The session runs from 10.00am until 2.00pm but please feel welcome to drop in as you wish.  Tools and hot drinks are provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.  You will also need to wear old clothes and sturdy boots.  Waterproofs and warm clothing are advised as there is no shelter at the Orchard.

We’ll be carrying out essential maintenance tasks such as path, litter and bramble clearance.

Spring is definitely on its way now.  Why not come along and join our work party and admire the new flowers emerging?


Wassailing 2020

The weather was kind, the apple juice was fab and the crowds were out for Wassailing 2020!  In addition to everyone singing and parading musically around the Orchard, a couple of new trees were planted – a hazel and a fig.

Thank you to all those who came along and made our event such a success.

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 http://www.seecv.org.uk.

Apple Day 2019