Rowan trees

Well done to everyone who volunteered at yesterday’s work party.

We planted some rowan trees, released a very old tree from ivy and carried out the usual path/litter clearance.

Next work party is on Monday 2nd July.  We look forward to seeing you then.



Another great work party!

Thank you to everyone who attended the work party today.  There were eleven happy workers!

We mowed and cut paths, cleared around trees and chopped down some very tall nettles. Well done everyone!

We’re looking forward to our next work party on Monday 11th June.


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who helped at yesterday’s work party.  We were blessed with perfect weather following a very snowy week!

We cleared paths and around trees, cut back growth overhanging the grass verge and picked up lots of litter (unfortunately!).

We’re now looking forward to our next work party on Monday 14th May.




Work Party

You’re invited to our work party on Monday 5th March.  The snow should have melted by then …

We’ll be on site between 10.00am and 2.00pm.  Please wrap up warm and bring along a packed lunch.  Hot drinks and biscuits will be available.  All tools provided.

Activities will include clearance around trees and cutting back growth that is overhanging the fence boundary.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wassailing 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended our Wassailing Event last Sunday – it was a great success!

We sung, paraded around the Orchard, put toast in the trees, drank spiced apple juice and chatted in the winter sun.

We also planted a crab apple tree (with mistletoe) and hazel.  We look forward to watching these grow.



Ready for Wassailing!

Thanks to everyone who worked at the Orchard today.  We mowed paths, cleared around trees and prepared the Orchard ready for Wassailing on Sunday 28th January (2.00pm – 3.30pm).

We have a crab apple tree ready for planting then – please come along and join us.  Sample spiced apple juice, join in the traditional folk music and enjoy the Orchard surroundings.


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Wassailing Work Party

We’re having a work party at the Orchard on Monday 22nd January (10.00am to 2.00pm) in preparation for Wassailing on Sunday 28th January.

All welcome, there will be a variety of tasks available.  Or you may just want to pop by and take some photos …

Tools, hot drinks and biscuits provided – the gate will be open ready for you then!

St. Laurence Orchard Jan 2018



Thanks to the Conservation Volunteers!

Members of the South East Essex Conservation Volunteers braved the chilly weather today and carried out a variety of tasks at the Orchard.

Work completed included hedgelaying, clearance around trees, dead hedging and litter picking.  A large area was opened up and dead hedged around the perimeter – this will create an ideal place for future group gatherings and storytelling.

Many thanks to the 13 volunteers who turned up – well done!



The South East Essex Conservation Volunteers will be carrying out hedgelaying at the Orchard from 10.00am on Sunday 26th November 2017.

Friendly group, no experience required.  All tools and training provided.  Please wear sturdy boots (preferably steel toe capped) and suitable work clothes.  You will need to provide your own lunch/drink and bring along some gardening gloves.

Conservation work is fun, good exercise and a great way to make new friends.  And, of course, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too!

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