What’s going on at the Piggeries Orchard today, I hear you ask. I am glad you asked.
The park rangers will bring their wood chipper on site and help us to chip the pile of tree branches into our very own artisan woodchip used for local self-sustained mulching.
Join us from 10:30 today, Saturday 14-July-2018, at the Piggeries Orchard and help getting this done in the shortest time possible. There’ll be opportunities to feed branches into the chipper, to deploy the woodchip along the hedges and around the trees on site. For those who favour lighter duties, there’s no shortage of nettles, brambles or horsetail to pull, snip, squish and bash. We hope to retire to the Fox for refreshments in the early afternoon.
Long trousers and sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Please bring ear defenders, safety glasses and thick gloves if you have them.
We have cutting edge news: We succeeded in booking Scything Master Clive Leeke for a one day scything training in September! Clive is a master of the trade, an experienced scything tutor and an inspiring enthusiast.
There will be an introduction followed by practical exercises in one of the centrally located orchards. All tools will be provided for the day, but you’re welcome to bring your own scythe if you have one.
Scything Training Course
September 15, 2018 9:30 to 15:30
Meet at The Fox, Green Lane.
Register now! We have a very limited number of places available. We ask for a £15 per person booking fee to cover part of our cost. We’ll chip in the rest. Members of Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail enjoy priority booking, but anyone is welcome to join the waiting list.
The booking fee is payable immediately and seats are allocated on a first-paid-first-served basis. Unfortunately we can only refund in the event of your cancellation if we can find another person to take your seat.
Meet us during our weekly Tuesday evening activities and social get-together to book and make yourself known. For the weekly changing location of the 19:00 meeting point see our volunteer schedule, otherwise look out for us from approximately 20:30 at The Fox. When in doubt, ask for the guys with the scythe 😉
Alternatively book through our contact form. We will confirm your booking and provide payment details in response to your booking.
Please join us tomorrow
Saturday 9-June, 11:00 at The Piggeries Orchard (map)
to finish the spring clean in time for the London in Bloom
There’ll be something to do for everyone. You can dig or snip bramble roots, pull horsetail, cut bindweed, collect rubble, rake grass. Or just come along to take a look, have a chat, or join us for a drink at the end.
Please dress appropriately; long trousers, closed shoes and gloves are highly recommended due to the mixed vegetation and uneven ground.
We expect to be done within two hours, and we are counting on you to do it!
It’s time to celebrate the Piggeries Orchard official opening!
Please come join our opening party and casual bring-your-own spring picnic
Saturday June 2nd from 12:00
The Piggeries Orchard (map)
Dignitaries have been invited, fine weather has been requested, the speech is prepared. All that is missing is you!
Bring a friend, bring a smile, bring yourself. Bring some food or drink to the sharing table if you like, but please bring no more than your party would consume and be prepared to take packaging and leftovers back so that we can keep waste to a minimum.
The Piggeries Orchard is wheelchair accessible from Studley Grange Road.
Please be aware of the proximity to the Grand Union Canal when you bring young children, dogs or ducks.
Cutting back all else.
We’ve got a number of activities coming up and hope to see you at all of them. OK, perhaps some. Or at least one…? No matter how much or how little you can or want to help, no matter how much or how little experience you bring, we’ll take it!
Saturday 12-May-2018 from 10:00
Mulching at The Piggeries orchard. Please note the early start due to the Hanwell Hootie starting in the afternoon so that you can do both!
Saturday 2-June-2018 from 12:00
Casual bring-your-own spring picnic in The Piggeries orchard. No kite flying this time but the grand opening ceremony and official completion of the project shall not be missed.
Saturday 9-June-2018 from 11:00
Mulching, starting with Blackberry Corner in the Hanwell Meadows, then onward the orchard trail until we run out of energy, fine weather or wood chippings.
Saturday 14-July-2018 from 11:00
Wood chipping at The Piggeries orchard with the rangers and their big wood chipper for self-sustained local mulching.
… And of course there is
Tree Tending Tuesday, Every Tuesday from 19:00
Your weekly chance to get involved with light activity and a lively discussion over refreshments. Location varies to meet demand; please see our schedule, join our volunteer email system or follow our Twitter for up-to-date announcements.
We recorded 167 volunteer person hours this year already. Will we reach a thousand? With your help we might.
Today is Orchard Love Saturday, our monthly activity Saturday. While we are all full to the brim with orchard love, there will be no public display of our passion today. Our activity Saturday for today April 14th has been cancelled.
Please do not meet us at 11 o’clock.
We cancelled today’s activity due to lack of necessity, but avoiding entry into a major mud bath also appeals, as we find much of the terrain to be very boggy right now.
We made a first round cutting Hemlock and vegetation surrounding the fruit trees across Elthorne Triangles and Terraces, Osterley Lock and the Hanwell Meadows already, and plan to do the same in The Piggeries Orchard and St Margaret’s Orchard over the two coming Tuesday evening activities.
In other words, we are on top of things, ready to watch trees and fruit to grow.
There will be no shortage of future opportunities to become involved, to express your love for publicly accessible community orchards and share our dislike of bramble roots, littering or vandalism. Join us every Tuesday evening and every second Saturday of each month, just not today.
Trust me. There is no better excuse for getting away from work on time, for catching a breath of fresh air, for getting involved, for doing something useful for the good of all, and for having a lively discussion (and a drink) than our Tree Tending Tuesdays!
Tree Tending Tuesdays are back after Easter, starting
Tuesday 3-April, 18:30
(We will start at 19:00 as soon as we can find our way back to the Fox without torchlight.)
Everyone is most welcome to come and join us in these weekly activities. We prune, pick litter, fix rabbit guards, replace tree labels – oh yes, and we cut a bramble and nettles, later in the growing season. A lot of brambles and nettles. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome (if you can navigate the terrain), and all training given.
See our volunteer schedule for the location (which is normally finalised at least 24 hours beforehand), and join our volunteer email list for updates straight into your email inbox, into your smart phone, your pants pocket or handbag!
Our March Saturday of Orchard Love is coming up soon. Thankfully there isn’t much work along the orchard trail right now, so why not help out our friends from Southall Transition with their big planting day for the Southall Orchard Project?
Please come help plant the Jubilee Park Orchard on Saturday 10 March 2018, 10:30 – 14:30.
They will supply tools, refreshments and the Mayor of Ealing. All you need do is let them know that you are coming (please register here), wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriate for the weather and the occasion.
(photo by Southall Transition)
While you are getting ready to head down to The Piggeries for our 2018 Tree Planting in time for a 10:00 start, I did some number crunching:
We will be adding 38 trees today, planting ten varieties of Apple and a total of eleven varieties of Cherry, Gage, Mulberry, Pear, Plum and Quince between the Osterley Lock Orchard and Glade Lane Canalside Park, including 14 new varieties.
The Orchard Trail will feature 13 different species of fruiting trees from 75 different varieties by the end of the day, not including preexisting adopted trees, a dozen of different fruit and nut varieties in approximately 200 metres of edible hedging and over one thousand native flower bulbs.
Who says numbers are boring?
By the way, please remember to boost our numbers today. Planting 38 trees in a stretch over 2 miles takes all the hands, shovels and spades we can get!
Oh, not tree planting again, I hear you sigh.
I very nearly thought the same, but then I clicked and watched and loved it!
Our very own videographer Steve made a clip documenting how our Friends of Horsenden Hill planted over 7000 trees this December, complete with aerial footage, soup kitchen, spoon carving and face painting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apMKGVbFlD4. Great job, Steve!
We have only 38 trees to plant this year and can’t hope to compete with some of their facilities and attractions, but nevertheless hope that you will come and help on Saturday February 10th, 2018, 10 o’clock, starting at The Piggeries.
And we make some pretty good cakes, too!
Oh, but one thing: we have a lovely ranger in our ranks, too, but we do not always do as he says 🙂