How are your New Year Resolutions holding up? If you made any that involved getting fitter, getting out into the fresh air more often, helping the community, learning new skills, enjoying nature… You can fulfil them all at the orchard, just by coming along to one of our Monthly Maintenance Mornings. These are run from 11am – 1pm, on the 2nd Sunday and the 4th Thursday of the month from 10am  12 noon. (Yes, that’s a bit complicated  – dates are listed below)
We provide all the tools you’ll need, and instruction, tuition and help. You just need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing. You don’t have to stay for the whole session, and children are welcome to come along too, as long as you can supervise them and keep them away from sharp tools. There’s a variety of tasks to get stuck into throughout the year, not just with the trees but with all the habitats the orchard supports. In the summer you can even learn about bees.

So come along to a session or two and make supporting the orchard the one resolution that will last all through the year.

Maintenance Morning Dates 2015 (Sundays 11am – 1pm, Thursdays 10 – 12)
Sunday 8 February
Thursday 26 February
Sunday 8 March
Thursday 26 March
Sunday 12 April
Thursday 23 April
Sunday 10 May
Thursday 28 May
Sunday 14 June
Thursday 25 June
Sunday 12 July
Thursday 23 July
Sunday 9 August
Thursday 27 August
Sunday 13 September
Thursday 24 September
Sunday 11 October
Thursday 22 October
Sunday 8 November
Thursday 26 November
Sunday 13 December
Thursday 24 December (this one probably won’t happen!)

As ever, subscribe to our emails and check the Facebook page for reminders of these dates and further information as to what we will be doing.

Gardeners all kitted out

Gardeners all kitted out. This is from Quex Park in Kent, in 1883. Basic tools haven’t changed much.