Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Late autumnal colours


Late autumn in the orchard; still work to be done at our last working party.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Season of mellow fruitfulness

Some of the last apples this year - Crawley Beauty. Still a few of these cooking apples left on the tree, so if you fancy an apple pie... Sunday's working party started pruning the fruit bushes and tidying up the orchard. We'll sow some more yellow rattle a little later this autumn/winter, in the hope that we can extend the area where it is growing and maybe even get it self seeding.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Early autumn


At our September working party, we picked the last few Grenadier and Newton Wonder apples. There are a couple of trees where the apples are not yet fully ripe and we look forward to harvesting those in October. No fruit on the Serbian Gold quince this year (to be fair, it only yielded three quince last year), but it's already looking beautifully autumnal.

Bradwell gala day




 A slightly belated report on another very successful gala day. A big thank you to the junior school for the artwork which adorned our stand inside and out. As ever, plenty of orchard related produce on sale, along with Dick's second hand books.

We're grateful to everyone who helped, whether on the day or in many other ways. We look forward to seeing you at Apple Day!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

High summer in the orchard



Helpers in the orchard on Sunday. The crew picked 3lb blackcurrants, 7lb redcurrants and 12lb whitecurrants. And the ragwort was certainly attracting caterpillars. The amount of apples seems very variable this year - some trees have plenty, others almost none. Next month, Bradwell Gala takes place on Saturday 5 August - we hope to see you on the field. Our next working party is therefore one week later than would normally be the case - it'll be on Sunday 20 August.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

April showers...

Towards the end of last year, we prepared several wide strips of the grass in order to plant yellow rattle seed. The idea is that, over time, more and more yellow rattle will colonise the orchard, weakening the grass. Cutting the grass throughout the summer is a major task for the group, so it seemed at least worth a try. At our March working group there was no sign of the yellow rattle - but April showers bring forth yellow rattle, it would seem.



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Wassail!

The orchard was suitably wassailed on Sunday, 8 January, after the working party.


Sunday, 1 January 2017

DNA testing our trees

We were fortunate to be given a number of trees for the orchard, although the varieties were unknown. We've now had three of these trees DNA tested. Although the identity of one remains uncertain, two of the larger trees at the bottom of the orchard have now been identified as Newton Wonder and Annie Elizabeth. We've also been able to confirm that a tree labelled on receipt as Irish Peach is (slightly frustratingly) another Beauty of Bath. The list of varieties and plan have been updated on the "tree planting layout" page.

Anyway, Ellie paid us a flying visit just before Christmas...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Apple Day!

We'll be celebrating Apple Day on Saturday 22nd October 2016
Come and join us at the Grumpy Biker’s site, opposite the ice cream shop between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm
Enjoy a glass of freshly pressed apple juice – even bring some of your own apples and a bottle and we’ll press them, for a small donation. We’ll be selling jams and jellies made from our Orchard fruit, Orchard honey, cakes, wooden chopping boards and second hand books. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

October working party

Plenty to do in the orchard, as ever, as the working group prepared some areas of thick grass to be planted with yellow rattle. If it takes, this should help to bring the grass down to manageable proportions. Seen enjoying an apple in the sunshine was a comma butterfly.


Although the birds and wasps have had rather a feast, we were still able to harvest apples from a number of trees including Ellison's Orange and Pitmaston Pineapple - names to conjure with!

And lastly for this update, the rose hips in the shelter belt are ripe, so time to make some rose hip syrup. The shelter belt has a mix of trees and shrubs providing fruit such as these as well as crab apples and hazel nuts.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Our trees are fruiting well this year, although that good news has brought with it the birds and the wasps, keen to share the harvest.


Monday, 1 August 2016

Bradwell Gala 2016

We were once again on the field for gala day. Many thanks to everyone who helped set up, staffed the stand or provided things to be sold. This is a really important fund raiser for us, and once again proved a successful day.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Flaming June in the orchard

The grass is definitely doing well. The June working group set to and created some paths. Our midsummer picnic in the orchard suffered what by now is the usual fate; no wonder the grass is so lush.




Thursday, 19 May 2016

The orchard in blossom

Some super photos from Alison Johnston of the orchard in blossom. For the full set, take a look at the album on our Facebook page (search "Bradwell Community Orchard Group" on Facebook to find us).







Tuesday, 3 May 2016

It's been a slow Spring this year

But slowly but surely, Spring is here. First off, though, a big thank you to Hope Construction Materials for our new interpretation board.



The soft fruit bed is coming into leaf, and the rhubarb seems to be doing well.



Finally, a view across the orchard...


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Preparing for winter

Our November working group saw a small but hardy team turn out. We've been busy preparing the soft fruit for next year - pruning and weeding.

The trees are certainly looking more and more like an orchard, and it is a very special place to be.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Apple Day 24 October

We'll be marking Apple Day on Saturday 24 October this year, and look forward to seeing you! We'll be at Dick's Yard, opposite Bradwell's ice cream shop in the village, from around 12 noon until 4:00pm.

Come and join us to taste (and perhaps buy!) some different varieties of apple that you won't find in the supermarkets.

We'll have the apple press there too, so if you have some apples to press, please bring them and a bottle to put the juice in (it's only a small press, so please don't bring great big boxes of apples down!). In exchange for a small donation, we'll do our best to press them for you.

There'll be some lovely cakes to buy, and of course Dick's second hand book stall will be open too.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Autumn in the orchard


Some superb photos from our last working party courtesy of Alison Johnston. A glorious morning in the orchard!




Sunday, 2 August 2015

Gala day

The group was well represented at the Bradwell gala on 1st August. We had a successful day, and hope those who were able to visit enjoyed the day too!