Our next Wassail will be on Saturday 17th January 2015. There will be a musical procession leaving Castle Green, Knucklas at 5pm, arriving in the Orchard at 5.15pm. After the ceremony there will be music in the Castle Inn. Please bring your own torch or lantern, something to make a noise with (e.g. saucepan lids & wooden spoons) good singing voices and stout footwear. The purpose of Wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit for the autumn.
Winter work parties
There is however always plenty of work that needs doing. We have 3 work parties arranged for the winter months. We have brambles to clear, old compost bins to move and trees in the orchard need some attention.
PLEASE CAN YOU COME AND HELP BETWEEN 10 am AND 1pm ON:
- SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER – this Sunday!
- Sunday 1st February
- Sunday 1st March
Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves and loppers if you have them. Tea and cake will be provided! (Meet by the new notice board at the entrance to the orchard).
We have had a busy year on the allotments. At our last work party in the spring we built two large compost bins, planted 10 damson trees, and prepared the ground for a large wild flower garden – which has been a beautiful sight throughout the summer and late autumn. Since then we have created a Community Fruit growing area of strawberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb – we hope to sell this produce on the stall next year to raise money for the project – we may need some volunteers to help with the picking! Another bit of good news is that the orchard produced its first substantial crop of fruit – we sold plums and lovely old varieties of apples (Tom Putt, Ashmeads Kernel and Kings Pippin).