Orchard Maintenance Diary 2017

Maintenance days in 2016 can be found here.

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Monthly Maintenance, August 2017

Adrienne had mown the paths on the site the Tuesday before maintenance day. Assuming the Orchard grass will be cut in September – only needed to do job three times this year.

We worked in meadow area cutting down one dead tree and radically pruned another. Clearing away debris took about an hour! Area around small bridge cut back for pedestrian access. Hazel did a sterling job.

Again, grass around small saplings cut.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Hazel and Michael.

Monthly Maintenance, July 2017

What a wonderful turn out and lovely weather to work in.

Rob and Michael continued with the pruning of the larger cherry trees.

Before we started, Rob and Adrienne instructed all those present on the problems of bryony and Michael took on the job of removing and bagging up all he could find entwined around the Orchard trees, suitably clad in gauntlet gloves! Besides that task we tackled a variety of jobs. We cut grass around the new saplings and watered them and then, on Eugene’s instructions, removed the spiral guards and guarded them in a similar fashion to the younger trees. All the other young guarded trees were checked and weeded. One of the bigger tasks was clearing the ditch and embankment running parallel to Row A. A tremendous effort by all those involved.

Many, many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Keith, Elizabeth, Eugene, Michael, Nickie, Laura, Ann, John, Annie and Eileen

Monthly Maintenance, June 2017

We continued with the re-guarding and staking of the younger trees, but moving to the cherries, plums and pears. Due to the amount of rabbits seen around the area this seems a necessity. We also cut grass around the seven new saplings and gave each a bucket of water.

Rob and Michael continued with the pruning of the larger cherry trees.

Some much needed rain last month meant the grass had shot up. Rob decided that we try Barrie’s second hand push petrol mower to cut paths through the Orchard. If successful, this would cut down on costs of mowing paths by the STC for the months from May to late August. Sunday morning the mower played up, but Barrie and Rob took things apart and Rob returned in the afternoon to successfully cut paths.

NB. Adrienne, Rob and Barrie returned again on June 14th and double mowed all paths previously cut by Rob. We hope to now do this once a month, provided the mower holds out!! Only cost – petrol.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Keith, Robinne, Michael, Ruth and Eric.

Monthly Maintenance, May 2017

A wonderful turn out of volunteers this month.

We continued with the project of re-guarding and re-staking of all the younger trees and checking and re-aligning all membranes put down last year. We also cut grass around younger trees not membraned and the new saplings. Because of the serious lack of rain we gave each of the new saplings planted last month a bucket of water each. Adrienne will do this fortnightly if lack of rainfall continues.

Last month soil was still damp under membranes, but this month many quite dry. Lack of rain a big concern.

Rob and Laura dealt with pruning of several large cherry trees.

The nettles and growth around the bridge was cut back for better pedestrian access.

Ruth advised all present of the date of the next Steering Group Meeting (Wed 24th May at 7.00pm at Town Council) and asked if anyone wanted to add things to the agenda. Items were suggested.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Robinne, Keith, Michael, Hazel, Ruth, Eric, Nickie, Laura, Eugene, John, Annie and Eileen.

Monthly Maintenance, April 2017


Guards and Weed Membranes

A glorious morning again. We tackled the project of re-guarding and re-staking of all the younger trees in the orchard and checking and realigning all the membranes put down last year. We also fed young trees with chicken manure under membranes. Rob demonstrated the procedure and we then worked in pairs. Adrienne had ordered large and short tree stakes and Barrie had revamped and treated old stakes in the weeks prior to Sunday. He will continue to do this on the stakes removed so we recycle as much as possible.

Eugene and Peter Laws planted seven new young grafted apple trees the week before. It will be important to keep grass hand cut around these saplings.

During March Rob made several trips to the Orchard pruning new growth on pear and cherry trees.

The Willow Tree has been pollarded and this lets so much more light to the trees in that part of the orchard.

Membranes – At present membranes seem to be doing job. A few ants nests under some. Found small hole run under G6. Will keep eye on this as advised to look out for voles.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Robinne, Keith, Michael, Eugene, Ruth , Eric, Geoff and newcomer Tom

Monthly Maintenance, March 2017

Despite the early morning weather and forecast a good number of volunteers arrived for what turned out to be a lovely morning in the Orchard.

We tackled the damage to two plum trees caused by Storm Doris and the Willow branch. It is important we deal with pollarding of the Willow as high winds could result in damage to nearby apple trees. We then continued with the final apple pruning session and took all prunings to the designated site. Checked all membranes around young trees secured.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Robinne, Keith, Ann, Geoff, John, Annie and Ellen

Monthly Maintenance, February 2017

A fresh February morning brought a good number of volunteers to the orchard and Rob had his work cut out instructing us all. However, heavy pruning and shaping of apple trees was achieved as well as regeneration of older trees and the light pruning of younger ones. Two volunteers did a sterling job taking the light prunings to the designated area.

Adrienne advised those present of the Steering Group meeting on the 15th February. She also said that she had and would always bring at least 12 juice bottles for sale every maintenance day.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Hazel, Adrienne, Keith, Robinne, Ann, Eugene, Michael, John, Annie, Ellen and newcomers Nick and Nicky.

Maintenance days in 2016 can be found here.

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