Monthly Archives: January 2016

Wassailing at St Laurence Orchard

Sun 7th February 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm Wassailing at St Laurence Orchard, SS2 6RH
Come  and join us for music and merriment as we welcome in the new apple year !

Wassailing is an ancient tradition. The word wassail means ‘good health’. Originally, wassail was a spicy drink made of mulled ale, apples and eggs. Wassailing began as a way to wake the trees in an orchard and scare away evil spirits, singing to the trees to ensure a good harvest for the coming year. St Laurence Orchard is an important area of bio-diversity. It is a last remaining piece of an old orchard and the extensive woodland that once covered this area of Essex. Trust Links received a Heritage Lottery Fund award which has allowed Trustlinks members and volunteers to work to protect and improve the orchard environment, tending the trees and encouraging the wildlife.

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Well done again!

Thank you again to everyone who helped at yesterday’s work party.

We mowed and cleared large areas, carried out winter pruning and picked up various items of litter.

The site is now ready for our Wassailing day on Sunday 7th February.