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!

south east essex conservation volunteers

Work Party

Thanks to members of the South East Essex Conservation Volunteers who worked at the Orchard yesterday.

The group carried out hedgelaying, cleared litter and removed encroaching bramble.  Clearance around individual trees was also carried out.

Well done to all thirteen volunteers who participated in the activities!

Apple Day 2018

Thank you to all those who helped out at the work party on Monday (1st October).  We cut back paths, removed litter, cleared around trees, cut back overhanging growth on the perimeter fence and harvested some tasty apples!

We are now ready for Apple Day on Saturday 6th October (11.00am until 2.00pm).  There will be apple tasting and pressing, plants/apples for sale, a BBQ, tours, homemade cakes, music, a raffle, children’s activities, local stalls and much more!!  Free admission, open to all.

We look forward to seeing you there!

St. Laurence Orchard (1st October 2018)

Yesterday’s Work Party

Thank you to everyone who helped out at yesterday’s Work Party.  There were seventeen of us who trimmed/mowed paths, cleared around trees, picked up litter and harvested apples, pears and blackberries – yummy!

Preparations are now well underway for our Apple Day on Saturday 6th October.

An amazing effort from everyone – well done!





Work Party

We’ve a work party tomorrow (10th September 2018) from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  Please feel welcome to join us.

We’ll be trimming paths, clearing around trees, cutting back nettles, tidying entrances and harvesting windfalls.

Drinks and biscuits provided.  You may even get some apples to take home!!

Apples from St. Laurence Orchard (2018)

Summer work party!

Well done to everyone who worked at the Orchard today.

Despite the warm weather, paths were cleared and nettles/brambles cut back.  Encroaching vegetation around our banner and fence was also removed.

There were a number of butterflies (e.g. Peacock) that we enjoyed spotting.  We were also delighted to see that there is plenty of fruit forming on the trees.  We look forward to harvesting later in the season.