Status and Schedule

Scheduled Work

Tree Tending Tuesday evenings, every week from spring to autumn. Everyone is welcome our light weekly orchard maintenance activity and social evening, see below for location.

Please watch this space or join our volunteer email list for announcements.

Saturday Orchard Love is now scheduled for the second Saturday in a month. We hope this will accommodate many volunteers with conflicting commitments on the first Saturday in every month.

When Where What
Tue 17-July 19:00 St. Margaret’s Orchard On your knees! The hedge needs rescuing from bindweed, rest of site needs general TLC.
Tue 24-July 19:00 Trumpers Field Clean vegetation along the paths.
Sat 15-Sept 9:30 Scything Class See our post for details and how to make a reservation.


Where Last Report Notes
All Sites 19-May Some rabbit guards still keep disappearing and need replacing, occasional vandalism continues in Elthorne (13-May: tree #63, Pear ‘Beth’ snapped off). Hemlock, nettles and brambles are emerging everywhere but the trees look great. The general flora shows a much better diversity now.

Watering all new trees is necessary.

Osterley Lock 10-July Trees doing well. Other vegetation healthy but restrained thanks to the dry weather.
Elthorne Terrace 10-July Our problem child with continued vandalism by four and two legged hare-brained creatures.

New trees quite desperate for water.

Elthorne Triangles 10-July Cleared nettles and hemlock, observing Japanese Knotweed in the northern triangle. (Rangers notified.)

Trees doing well, other vegetation healthy and restrained due to the dry weather.

The Piggeries 26-June Excellent condition.
Noticeboard installed.
 St. Margaret’s 10-July Looking great!

Hedge needs rescue from bindweed & Co, general TLC necessary.

Trumpers Field 3-July Looking great!

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Needs mulching, paths need cutting (nettles).

Jubilee Meadow 3-July Looking great!

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Blackberry Corner 3-July Site cleared and looking lush. Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Many trees infected by a variety of insects and perhaps some fungal or bacterial infections; investigating options and planning on pheromone traps next year.

Some trees may be mislabelled and mispositioned on the map; to be corrected over time (perhaps after fruit emerges to help with identification).

Three Bridges Park 9-July Looking good if perhaps a little thirsty, grounds freshly cut by council contractor.
(Observed from across the canal.)
Glade Lane Canalside Park 7-June Undergrowth cleared, trees look healthy.
Top Lock 9-July-2017 Looking good.
(Managed by volunteer lock keepers.)
Bixley Triangle 7-June Stakes and wire guards are badly damaged, repair work under way.

Miscellaneous Dreams

Perhaps you did not have weeding or watering in mind. Perhaps you like the idea of re-creating scenes from historic postcards along the canal? Counting plant species? Researching local history?

Join the volunteer email or use our contact form to get in touch and let us know what you have in mind. We’ll gladly discuss everything, but we won’t promote your professional services.