New to the orchard? Take a look at the About page for an introduction.

Recent Updates

  • 16 July: Brand new orchard map [PDF]
  • 14 June: Photos from 2019 Get Growing Day (by Janet Gibson) now visible on photos page.

Directory

Wiki Registration & Membership (Wiki sign-up for existing orchard members / Joining the orchard)
Tasks & Projects (Current work to be done (or in progress) in the orchard)

(From here includes all files uploaded to Yahoo Group except those with sensitive/personal details)

Photos (Photo archive)
Meetings & Reports (Meeting agendas/minutes, reports, general admin files)
Orchard Contents (What plants and varieties we have)
Fruit and Veg Maintenance (planting and care of top/soft fruit and veg)
Infrastructure & Composting (Hard landscaping, tree works, seating, composting/disposal, hedges, etc)
General Orchard Principles (pest and disease control, organic methods, soil, fertility, etc)
Using the Fruit (Recipes, produce labeling, etc)

Orchard Events Diary

(See Project Sessions on Tasks & Projects page for more details of planned tasks on orchard work days)

Scheduled orchard work days will usually be on the first Sunday of each month. Other work days/evenings can be organised on an ad hoc basis using the MRCO email list. Please add your name to the Online Poll if you are happy to let others know if you can/can't make various events.

Sunday 20 October Extra Work Session 2pm onwards. Picking remaining apples from A3. Check A6 to see if ready to pick. Check medlars - pick if ready. Clearing behind Apple 2 and the large greengage tree; around the small eleagnous above the top path; and around the almond and top the left (care needed to avoid cutting almond 2).
Tuesday 22 October Autumn meetup & AGM 7pm at Karen & Jon's house, 61 Metford Road BS6. All members welcome to meet up and discuss all things orchard as well as elections to core group. The orchard is a community group and we welcome and indeed depend on input from as many of our members as possible. If you have any ideas, bugbears, things you would like to get more involved in, or would just to know more about how we run MRCO, this is the place to do it and to make your voice heard. Agenda at: http://mrco.wikidot.com/main:meetings-reports
Sunday 3 November Orchard Workday Later start at 2.30pm. Tasks include picking from Apple 6 and the Medlars. Wildflower meadow maintenance and autumn-winter seeding. Any remaining clearing from the October list. Top up dead hedge with wood.
Sunday 3 November Firepit social evening Following straight on from the workday at about 5pm we're lighting the fire for drinks and eats through the dusk and into the evening. Please bring some food/drink to share. Don't miss it, always a treat!

Other Events

Thursday 24 October Garlic: History, Health & How To Grow Talk with Rob Solari (Isle of Wight Garlic Farm). 7pm, The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG. Hosted by Avon Organic Group; £5 for non-members.
Thursday 7th November Wild Oats Talk by Mike Abrahams, the founder of Wild Oats. The first of a two part series on nutrition and health. Part 1 is Food, the best medicine. FREE (a donation to Penny Braun Charity is invited at the door), but obtain tickets from their Facebook page.
Tuesday 19 November Honey to Combat Infection "Arboretum ranger and pharmacist Victoria Sewell discusses her research into the antibacterial properties of honey, as well as the importance of bees and the potential of plants for drug discovery". Hosted by West of England Herb Group. 7.30pm, Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Donation may be asked for.
Thursday 21st November Wild Oats Talk by Mike Abrahams, the founder of Wild Oats. The second of a two part series on nutrition and health. Part 2 is Food, Mood and Stress. FREE (a donation to Penny Braun Charity is invited at the door), but obtain tickets from their Facebook page.
Thursday 28 November The Life In Your Soil - Soil Biology For Growers Talk with Tom Hartley (Soil Association). 7pm, The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG. Hosted by Avon Organic Group; £5 for non-members.
First Saturday of every month Wildflower Nursery Open Day At Feed Bristol (Frenchay Park Road, BS16) from 10am.
Third Sunday of every month Sims Hill volunteering day You can volunteer at Sims Hill Shared Harvest on the third Sunday of every month. 10.30am - 4pm. Meet at Feed Bristol. See https://simshill.co.uk/volunteer-at-sims-hill/ for further info.
Last Wednesday of every month Folk Tales Regular evening of acoustic music and tale telling hosted by Joe Medlicott at the Benjamin Perry Scout Hut, Pheonix Wharf BS1. From 7.30pm. £4, free tea & biscuits.