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

Recent Updates

  • 14 June: Photos from 2019 Get Growing Day (by Janet Gibson) now visible on photos page.
  • 3 March: New map showing details of step work and locations on Steps maintenance page
  • 3 March: Experimental new interactive orchard map: QGIS Cloud map
  • 10 Oct: Submitted planning application (now approved) for hedge-laying on East (residential) boundary - see Infrastructure & Composting page


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

Saturday 29/Sunday 30 June Dead Hedge being built Malcom Dowling and colleagues will be building a dead hedge near the left-side path from branches of the tree he is felling next door. Orchard members welcome to watch and possibly to help - advice will be sought on the latter on the day. Work on tree starting at 8.30am Saturday (dead hedge work probably a little later) and 9.30am Sunday.
Friday 5 July Firepit & Barbeque from 7.30pm. Join us for a summer evening round the fire with food and drinks.
Sunday 7 July July Workday Pruning of stone fruit (plums, damsons etc), survey of top fruit trees to assess what needs pruning or crop thinning - we may start those today or in August. Clearing of overgrown areas. Bamboo digging from bank behind new dead hedge. Step building if time allows.

Other Events

1st-27th June Get Growing Trail No less than 32 of Bristol's fruit and vegetable gardens throw open their doors to the public this June. Events take place between 1st-27th June, see all events at:
Sat 22/Sun 23 June Extracting Plant Qualities A weekend workshop to explore the preparations that can be made from herbs. During the weekend course we shall make a tincture, an infused oil, an aromatic water and an emulsion or cream. Showing the different techniques that can be used bring out the healing properties of a plant. At Feed Bristol, 181 Frenchay Park Road. 10am start each day. Cost £126.35 via Eventbrite.
Sat 20/Sun 21 July Pruning Apples and Pears in the Growing Season Weekend workshop on Summer pruning at Horfield Organic Community Orchard. £75 for non-HoCo members. HoCo are also running a single day course on growing season pruning on Sat 27 July for £60. See:
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 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.