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 1 September Orchard Workday; 12.30pm Harvesting plums. Clearing around Apples 7,8,9. Cut down small ashes. Pull up horsetail. Tidy up wildflower meadow.

Other Events

Tuesday 24 September The Secrets of Seaweed "Forager Fred Gillam explores British seaweeds, reminding us of their great nutritional value, which is derived from their huge vitamin and mineral content, as well as their ability to add flavour to our food". Hosted by West of England Herb Group. 7.30pm, Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Donation may be asked for.
Tuesday 22 October Adventures with Orchids "Simon Pugh-Jones MBE and students of the Writhlington School Orchid Project tell us how dedicated teenage horticulturalists working with conservation partners around the globe can help our planet". Hosted by West of England Herb Group. 7.30pm, Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Donation may be asked for.
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.
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.