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!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Managing the grass

How many of us does it take to assemble a strimmer? Anyway, we now have the wherewithal to manage our grass better. The mower was satisfactory on grass that was kept under control, but less so on long grass. The team here were at our last working group.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

April in the orchard...

The trees are really beginning to look like an orchard now, and the shelter belt is also thickening up nicely. The soft fruit bed is coming along too, as can be seen here.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Early spring in the orchard



A little delayed by the snow, we were able to get into the orchard and have a good look at each of the trees today. Armed with notes from previous visits, we were able to consider what was needed and in many cases to complete the necessary work. The rest of the working group were busy repairing a couple of sections of wall that suffered damage in the bad weather.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The orchard in autumn


Autumn in the orchard... ladybirds on the holly, and leaves still on the Irish Peach and Ribston Pippin. Half a dozen regulars attended today's working party and tidied up the soft fruit bed and part of the shelter belt.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The orchard goes underground (2)

A few more photos of the "orchard underground" - for the full set, visit our facebook page!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New e-mail address

We now have a new e-mail address for the group - please use orchard(at)bradda.org rather than Ellie's e-mail address. Just substitute the @ symbol in place of (at), which we've used on here to reduce the risk of the address being picked up by spammers.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Apple Day - October 2014

We’re really sad to say that we won’t be holding an Apple Day celebration this year.

After four years’ hard work, we were looking forward to a bumper harvest in the autumn when the fruit ripened, and the opportunity to share nature’s bounty with the village.

However, all the apples have been stripped from the Community Orchard – every single apple from every single tree.

We’re desperately disappointed, and know you will be too, but we’ll be back next year.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The orchard goes underground...

Some of our hardier members recently enjoyed a trip down Bagshawe Cavern - crawling through the mud was, apparently, not obligatory!







Saturday, 2 August 2014

Bradwell Gala day

As ever, the group had a stall down on the field at Bradwell carnival. Many thanks are due to those who supported the event, from the schools who did artwork which we were delighted to be able to display, to Anna who kindly let us have the use of the gazebo once again, to everyone who did a stint on the stall and to Alison who took the photos.








Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Infant School visit


Children at Bradwell Infant School have been studying nature. They began looking after caterpillars of the native butterfly “painted lady” in the classroom during May. When the caterpillars matured into butterflies last week, it coincided with a visit to Bradwell Community
Orchard. As part of their visit, the children released all ten butterflies in to the thriving wildlife habitat amongst the fruit trees and natural grassland.

The butterflies looked at home immediately and the children searched the area for other native species, finding a varied selection of insects, spiders, slugs and snails. It was also fun to discover more about the orchard and the fruit trees from Ellie Dunn. She pointed out the immature fruits already developing on the apple trees and the rhubarb and gooseberries which are flourishing in the warmer weather.


The orchard is supported by Hope Construction Materials and is a lovely, tranquil spot to enjoy nature and enjoy the peace.