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

Recent Updates

  • 21 December: Added links page.
  • 22 October: 2019 Autumn meeting agenda & minutes, 2019 AGM Chair's Report and 2018-2019 Financial Report all added - see the Meetings & Reports page.
  • 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)
Links (Web links to like-minded groups, networks, gardens, farms and shops)

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 1st March 2020 March Workday from 12.30pm Fruit cage repair - fixing the new netting onto the cage, vital protection for the berries and currants inside! And step repair/building/wiring - a long-delayed but important job which we will restart this Spring to make the orchard easier and safer to use for all. More details on these and more at http://mrco.wikidot.com/main:tasks

Other Events

Saturday February 15th What Is Land Justice? 9.30am - 5pm at the Trinity Centre. "Join the Land Justice Network to learn about and explore how land justice relates to: food; housing; energy; ecosystems, transport, our colonial history, climate resilience and our common good, creating a common base of knowledge from which to build a movement and inform action". Info: https://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/event/what-is-land-justice-2/
Thursday February 20th Food For Insect Pollinators In Towns And Cities Talk with Nick Tew (Friends of Bristol Uni Botanic Garden). Free but £5 donation requested. At Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL, 7.30pm-9pm. https://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/event/lecture-food-for-insect-pollinators-in-towns-and-cities-nick-tew/
Thursday March 26th Starting An Organic Allotment Avon Organic Group talk with Chris Collins (Garden Organic). 7-9pm, The Station, Silver St, BS1 2AG. Check http://www.groworganicbristol.org/ for news
Monday March 30th What We Need To Do Now… …for a zero-carbon future. Talk with Chris Goodall hosted by Avon Needs Trees. 7pm-9.30pm at the Wills Memorial Building, £8. Info & tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chris-goodall-bristol-what-we-need-to-do-now-tickets-90613731109
Fourth Tuesday of every month West of England Herb Group Talks At Abbots Leigh Village Hall, 7.30pm. £5 for non-WoEHG members. December: no meeting. January 28: The Wonder Of Plants. February 25: Chocolate! March 24: Herbs to Savour & Flavour. Please check on the West of England Herb Group's website at https://www.herbgroup.org for more information on the talks and for any changes or updates.
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.