Sunday, 9 June 2019

Working party and midsummer picnic

It's summer in the orchard, and the lush growth of the grass and wild flowers is looking good. We're especially pleased that the yellow rattle seems to have taken - the grass is noticeably shorter in the main area where this was sown a couple of years ago.

There are still a few flowers on some of the apple trees - including Court Pendu Plat, which was looking a little forlorn last month - and the medlars, seen here.

Today we held our midsummer picnic - in the orchard rather than in the Old Bowling Green for once!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

3-way orchard visit

Today, we had a three way orchard visit. We started at the Baslow Jubilee Orchard, seen above, in the middle of the village and rather different to our own orchard on the very edge of the village.

From there, we headed up to Tideswell Community Orchard, seen in the photos immediately above and below, which is the newest of the three but already becoming established.

And we ended at Michlow orchard where we very pleased to welcome visitors from Baslow and Tideswell.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Sunday 12 May - 3-way orchard visit

A reminder that the next BCOG working party is next Sunday 12th May, at 10am at the orchard site off Michlow Lane. Key tasks are:
  • Weed soft fruit bed
  • Harvest rhubarb
  • Check stone fruits for pruning
  • Flatten and spread soil from any molehills
  • Checking of all trees to see if any need specific attention
  • Check yellow rattle area
Useful tools will be:
  • Spade and garden fork
  • Wheel barrows or trugs
  • Trowels and hand forks
  • Secateurs
If you can make it, please come along. There will be a break about 11am so please bring a drink and snack for elevenses.

Please note that it is also the date of our 3-way orchard visit to Baslow and Tideswell orchards. If you are intending to join the visit please let Bridget know and we can arrange car sharing.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

April, and the blossom is coming!

While the apple trees are not yet in blossom, the plums and other stone fruit are giving a wonderful display, along with the blackthorn in the shelter belt.

Our hardy crew were busy tending to the soft fruit bed and checking over the trees.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

March plantings

Our hardy group planted three espalier trees this morning... then retreated for a warm drink. Photos when the weather is less inclement! However, the new trees are all marked up on the planting layout page if you're visiting.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

February prunings

Our main task for the February work party was to prune the apple and pear trees. Many hands make light work, as they say, and we soon had the majority of the trees neatly pruned. A few had grown taller than we would like, so these have been brought back into shape.

We also had a new Acklam Russet to plant, and we are planning to put a few espalier trees near the seating area. Honestly, we are.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

December in the orchard

A few regulars turned out this morning and we were able to prune back the shelter belt. In places this has grown very well indeed, slightly restricting access to the soft fruit bed. One of our members had made some medlar cheese from medlars picked in the orchard last month, which was shared among those who were there today.

You can see the wheel of the year beginning to turn - the last of the rosehips from this year's harvest and the catkins on the hazel as a harbinger of the year ahead.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

December and January Working Parties

Our December and January working parties will start at 11:00 rather than the usual 10:00 start. After the December working party, we'll head to the Old Bowling Green for lunch. In January, we'll wassail the orchard after the working party...and then head to the Old Bowling Green for refreshment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

We will remember them

Our November work party coincides with Remembrance Sunday and we always mark this in the orchard.

We stop, lay down our tools and gather together in remembrance as the church clock strikes the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

We will remember them.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Glorious Apple Day!

Apple day saw glorious weather and a great turn out. Big thank you to everyone who helped or who just came along!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Bradwell Gala

Once again we were down on the field for gala day with our marquee, exhibits, apple pressing and second hand books.

We had some super artwork from both schools. The Junior School took Rene Magritte's picture "the son of man" as their inspiration and their interpretations can be seen above.

The Infant School had visited the orchard earlier in the summer and provided a great selection of pictures, some of which we were able to display on this board and the others we hung right around our marquee.

Decked out and ready to go!

Plenty of orchard produce - apples from "Beauty of Bath" in the orchard, honey and jam.

Friday, 18 May 2018

May blossom

What a difference a month makes... the pictures speak for themselves.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

April's work party, and that slab of limestone again

The April work party were busy... and the stone bench is now in place.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

February's working party, and a slab of limestone

There's a large stone that lay just inside the orchard that we've long thought would make an excellent bench. Today's work party saw that ambition (and the stone!) move a whole lot closer. Very much in the Stonehenge style, the team are seen here moving the slab slowly but surely on rollers towards its final resting place.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Honey and jelly still available!

We still have some orchard honey available, 12oz jars available from High Peak Heating Supplies on Towngate. Also still available is red currant and white currant jelly - contact us for details. While stocks last!

Sunday, 14 January 2018


The orchard was wassailed this morning - and then we adjourned to the Old Bowling Green for lunch! Let's hope that the wassail was effective and that the orchard is fruitful this year.

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!