Support the Orchard – Fund raising campaign
Many of you might have visited for our annual Apple Days, Wassail, Scything Workshops or other community events. In previous years we have held a stand-up comedy afternoon and a live band Dance for the Orchard event in the village hall. Due to the Covid-19 crisis we have not been able to hold these fund raising events but essential costs of the Orchard remain at around £30 a week. Our main costs are for running and maintaining our tractor and mower and insuring all on the site. In the meantime the work of our volunteers provides provide pleasant mown pathways for our visitors, maintenance of the trees for fruit production and management of our wildflower meadows to improve the biodiversity of this local wildlife site.
We are asking for donations to maintain the Orchard this year in the absence of any fundraising activities. If you can help with a donation, however small, this will ensure the future of the Orchard. To donate please click on this link:
News from the Orchard
It has certainly been a strange time over the last few months. We have been very lucky that the Orchard has remained open and has been a place of calm in these troubled times. Work has carried on there, mowing paths and seating areas, pruning trees and thinning fruit and generally keeping both fields an inviting and restorative place to visit. The wildflower meadows are doing well with a wealth of butterflies and the trees are bearing fruit in spite of the prolonged drought in the spring.
We have not had any events and are not letting our yurt at present so it remains packed away for now.
All the best and keep safe and well!