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!
Due to coronavirus all work parties are suspended until further notice. We hope it is not too long before we can meet up again.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We look forward to our next work party on Monday 1st July. Hope to see you there again!