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

Recent Updates

  • 10 Oct: Submitted planning application (now approved) for hedge-laying on East (residential) boundary - see Infrastructure & Composting page
  • 5 Oct: Added AGM Chair's report & minutes - see Meetings & Reports page.
  • 15 Sept: Added some apple recipes to Using the Fruit page.
  • 9 July: Some great photos from Get Growing 2018 by photographer Jane Sheppard - see 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 3 March Scheduled Workday 12.30-5pm Fetching leaf mould from the Redland Green gates, mulching, spraying quiunce trees and other activities TBC.
Saturday 9/Sunday 10 March Hedgelaying 9.30am - 4.30pm Malcom 'Grandfather' Dowling will be returning to lay our left side hedge this weekend. Malcolm did a superb job on the hedge on the right side last year and we're delighted to welcome him back. Once again orchard members are invited to help out and learn the craft of hedgelaying from an expert.

Other Events

Tues 26 February The Healing Power of House Plants West of England Herb Group talk. 7.30pm. Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Donation may be required. WEHG talks are on the last Tuesday of every month. Please contact Karen S or Tamarind for more details.
Tues 26 March Designing a Herb Garden Talk with Jekka McVicar of West of England Herb Group. 7.30pm. Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Donation may be required. WEHG talks are on the last Tuesday of every month. Please contact Karen S or Tamarind for more details.
Thurs 28 March Forest Gardening for Health and Happiness Talk with Avon Organic Group & Westfield Farm Forest Garden. The Station, Silver St, BS1 2AG. 7pm - 9pm. £2 for AOG members; £5 for non-members.
Tues 16 April Film screening - SEED: The Untold Story "SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds." Tobacco Factory, North Street, BS3. 7.30pm. Free but booking required (Eventbrite).
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.